In the driving seat: Mohammad bin Salman.
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When is an anti-corruption purge not an anti-corruption purge?
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (centre) is at the centre of the changes in the Saudi royal family’s approach to governing.
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.
Survey data shows that Iraqis of all sectarian stripes agree on what's wrong with their country.
Nearly all of Qatar’s residents live in its capital, Doha.
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks on a podium as U.S. President Donald Trump listens.
We asked an expert on diplomacy and foreign policy.
Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon protest against the war in Yemen in October 2016.
Gulf countries have a history of using migrants' rights as a tool in their geopolitical strategy.
Campaign posters in Tehran.
Two of Iran's more moderate political factions have joined together to make sure they're not shut out of parliament.
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter leaves Israel with business undone. July 21, 2015.
Demographic changes have made the idea of a two-state solution obsolete. The Israeli population is becoming more religious and more conservative. That makes the army more difficult to command.
Downing of the Russian Metrojet airliner shows how a hitherto little-known terror group and its Islamic State parent may be adapting their tactics.
They can help us.
Syrian refugees have key assets and life stories that can contribute to the long, but necessary, struggle to end violence in the Middle East.
Not all of Iran’s frozen foreign assets are likely to thaw anytime soon.
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Estimates of how much of Iran's frozen assets it will get once sanctions are lifted vary widely, but the sum is most likely just a fraction of the total.
Emad Shahin: under sentence of death.
The West has stood by and watched as democracy was stifled in Egypt. It will reap the whirlwind.
Jubilation in the streets of Tehran after news of the deal which means sanctions will be lifted.
Iran is celebrating this historic deal – along with the rest of the world. But Iran's religious leader can still throw a spanner in the works.
When will they be reformed?
The Arab Spring began with a protest against police brutality. The dreams of those who took to the streets 4 years ago will not be realized until police forces change.
Israel needs change – but will it get any?
Campaign has been fought largely on security issues when the most pressing needs are socio-economic.
Muadh al-Kasasbeh’s father is a powerful man.
When a coalition of the willing was formed in September 2014 and bombing began against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, things appeared to be moving in the right direction. Daesh is more commonly known as Islamic…
Members of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG) declare victory in Kobane.
On the evening of January 27, Kurds celebrated the liberation of Kobanê from the Islamic State (IS) siege. The celebrations started after the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Defence Units (YPG) and Women’s…
A negotiated end to Syria crisis might allow this child to go back home.
The most serious attempt to bring the Syrian regime and representatives of the opposition together around a negotiating table together took place at the 2014 Geneva II peace talks. The talks were based…
We’ve secretly got your back.
The Shia militant group Hezbollah has suggested its fight against Islamic State has given it a common purpose with the West. In an interview with the BBC, Mohammed Fneish, a Lebanese Hezbollah minister…
An Australian Super Hornet refuels from a KC30 tanker while flying over Iraq.
There are two reasons why we should ignore the growing calls in the United States, Canada and Australia for Western “boots on ground” – meaning ground troops – to fight and destroy the Islamic State (IS…