Just because a group waves the IS flag or claims to be its friend doesn't mean a global insurgency is underway.
Contemporary terrorism is rooted in a form of political violence dating from the French Revolution. It is rooted in social facts and is now evolving on a global scale.
When is an anti-corruption purge not an anti-corruption purge?
A kingdom under pressure is fomenting crisis elsewhere.
A management researcher and an administrator of the Louvre at the time the Abu Dhabi project was launched analyse the new museum.
The latest arrests of princes, ministers and military officials in Saudi Arabia might be in the name of anti-corruption but it also serves to bolster the Saudi royal family's power.
The Trump administration's change of US policy toward Iran has reinforced hardliners' ambitions and nationalistic feelings, complicating an already difficult situation in the region.
Mutual benefits beckon.
With just 67 words, a British foreign secretary kicked off a hundred years of conflict and displacement.
An insight into Iranian media and public opinion in the aftermath of Donald Trump's speech decertifying the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal.
A decade and a half after it was invaded in the name of spreading democracy, Iraq turns out to have been set up to fail.
Kuwait has first-hand experience of how financial and political shocks can stifle investor confidence in the entire region.
When it comes to foreign policy, Saudi Arabia has recently become far more aggressive. A historian of the modern Middle East sees three possible causes for the shift.
Aside from vague threats of violence and suggestions he could 'renegotiate' the Iran nuclear agreement, Donald Trump has provided little in the way of coherent or viable policy options.
Cuneiform was used for over 3,000 years in the Ancient Near East, but was only decoded in the 19th century. The writing form is still revealing amazing stories, from literature to mathematics.
Saudi Arabia is in deep trouble on various fronts, so an international PR coup surely can't hurt.
It seems almost inevitable Iraqi Kurdistan will separate from the rest of Iraq – but going it alone will be hugely difficult.
At present, the Middle East and North African region contains 7% of the world's population but only has access to 1.5% of its renewable freshwater supply through rainfall.
Desalination has been proposed as one of many strategies to deal with the water shortages. But the process is known to be expensive and harmful to the environment.
The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.