The Middle East could be witnessing a foreign policy misfire of epic proportions.
A Djibouti soldier along the border with Eritrea after conflict flared in 2008.
Qatar withdrawing its troops has reignited tensions between Eritrea and Djibouti which the UN and African Union are trying to mediate. This comes as Eritrea is also embroiled in the Yemen civil war.
Central square in the Iraqi Kurdish capital, Erbil.
Eng. Bilal Izzadin
Iraqi Kurds will vote Yes to independence in September – and it could lead to trouble.
Iranian policemen at the parliament building in Tehran, June 7.
The world's response to two terrorist incidents in Iran was telling, and ominous.
A boy is evacuated during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran on June 7 2017.
Omid Vahabzadeh/ REUTERS
Terrorist attacks in Iran are evidence that, in the Middle East, there are far too many moving parts for US President Donald Trump's recent trip to have changed much on the ground.
US and Gulf Cooperation Council forces conduct field training, in Kuwait in 2017.
U.S. Army, Francis O'Brien/
The ongoing diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia has isolated Qatar from the rest of the Middle East while also undermining the anti-Iran alliance among the Gulf countries.
The skyline of Doha, Qatar.
Gregory Hawken Kramer
Qatar has used its wealth to adopt policies sometimes rivaling Saudi Arabia’s. Think, for example, of the popular Al-Jazeera. Now the Saudis seem determined to limit Qatari influence as much as possible.
Doha, under a cloud.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have butted heads before, but this time seems different.
Will US President Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ride together to rule in the Middle East?
The visit has wider implications for the entire Middle East.
Will the development of tech industry change the economic and social life Iranian youth?
Tehran is fostering a start-up industry as a possible motor to solve Iran's unemployment crisis.
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.
A view of Tehran, with its mix of traditional and modern design.
Without protection, Iran's spectacular American- and Italian-designed mid-century structures will be reduced to dust, beams and concrete blocks.
Four more years.
Between an electorate hungry for change and a powerful hardline elite, Hassan Rouhani has his work cut out for him.
A supporter of Raisi at a rally in Tehran, Iran on May 16, 2017.
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi
President is not the most important leadership role in Iran. The election is not completely democratic. That said, there's a pretty competitive contest happening.
Hassan Rouhani does the rounds at the Tehran book fair.
EPA/Presidential Official Website/HA
Handing over censorship to authors and writers themselves may actually make it harsher.
Hassan Rouhani’s supporters have high hopes for a second term.
The election TV debates have shown the candidates to be out of touch.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends parliament.
Trump's tough rhetoric is bad news for Iran's moderates.
Economic perceptions may decide Rouhani’s fate.
Vahid Salemi/AP Photo
Rouhani's conservative rivals are exploiting growing pessimism about the economy, increasing the odds that someone more hostile to the West might become Iran's next president.
The future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reign lies with Vladimir Putin’s obstinacy and ability to withstand US pressure.
To understand the complexities of the conflict in Syria and what might happen next, it helps to untangle the three layers of strife in the war-torn country.
Armed forces in Iraq, January 2017.
New research from a multidisciplinary teams of scholars suggests military alliances tie nations together in ways that are not always immediately obvious.