Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
One way of improving e-government usage could be for the Lebanese government to work better the locally elected agent.
The events of summer 2011 proved that Israel incubates the same sort of socio-economic discontent that upended the wider Middle East.
Many Yemeni women are not victims of war or just escaping or hiding. In many and contrasting ways they are actively supporting it, and not only on humanitarian grounds.
Outside observers are keen to declare the Syrian conflict almost over. It is anything but.
With a single cut in donations to a UN agency, Donald Trump has abandoned another norm of US foreign policy. The consequences could be disastrous.
With a hollowed-out agenda and a cynical attitude to corruption, Iran's reformist forces have squandered their people's trust.
Iran's main opposition is loath to embrace a new wave of protesters. It may soon have no choice.
The nationwide anti-government protests in Iran could have significant implications in Syria and beyond.
Wondering why Jerusalem matters so much? A 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service explains what you need to know.
Putin has pulled his troops out of Syria before, only to put them back.
Lessons in military manliness and how to respect it have been a part of Syrian education for decades.
Yemen now needs a new kind of politics where its people must be allowed to make their own future.
Lebanon is on shaky enough ground without a Saudi–Iranian proxy war to think about.
Much of Sinai is almost beyond Egyptian state control altogether.
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.