By striking deep in Bashar-al Assad's heartland, Islamic State issued a reminder that his regime will never control all of Syria.
At first, it seems like IS has an image perfect for driving recruitment – but in fact, its image has very limited appeal.
Films provide subtle, personal perspectives on the Arab world that conventional reporting and Hollywood drama simply cannot match.
Obama's military strategy in Iraq and Syria hasn't defeated the Islamic State, but it isn't a total failure either. A retired major general and law professor looks at the successes and shortcomings.
The Sykes-Picot Agreement created the modern Middle East. It represents one of the first installments in a long line of modern European – and subsequent American – meddling in the region.
Over the years the words Sykes-Picot have taken on two meanings – one significant, the other less so.
The Sykes-Picot Agreement delivered the spoils of war to Britain and France, and deferred the dreams of Arab nationalists.
The world has singularly failed to find a path forward for Syria – or to stop the Assad government flagrantly violating all efforts to stop the conflict.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
When anti Jewish rhetoric emerges into the light, it is worth reminding ourselves of the dark history at its root.
A model Palmyra's Arch of Triumph, made in Italy from Egyptian marble, has been installed in London's Trafalgar Square. Is this such a good thing?
Israeli politicians have become obsessed with their country's global image – and they're shoring it up by cracking down on the debate at home.
The Obama administration likes to say it won't put "boots on the ground" in Iraq – but that's increasingly at odds with reality.
The US has been mounting semi-secret drone strikes in Yemen for years – and it seems the UK has been deeply involved.
Although not an intuitive conclusion, the Brussels attacks are actually indicative of Islamic State's growing decline and desperation.
If you take Donald Trump at his word, what would his foreign policy look like?
The Russian president is proving he has learned what America didn't: to quit while ahead.
Speaking to The Atlantic, the president didn't leave anything out – except the bit where thousands died and millions lost their homes.
There's enough water under the ground to form a lake 100m deep over the earth.
Stopping the conflict in Syria means solving a horrible array of intertwined, intractable problems.