Despite often seismic political upheavals over the years, most Middle Eastern royal families have been able to weather the storms.
The U.S. is broken up into 50 states, plus territories like Puerto Rico and Guam, and a federal district, Washington, D.C. Most other countries have smaller parts too.
At Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp, small bushes of tumbleweed grow everywhere, and seeds have been planted in hope of growing tiny Persian cucumbers.
While some authoritarian governments have won early praise, research shows that democratic countries with a balance of power between central and regional bodies are best able to succeed.
How the humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis have spilled across the region.
Research reveals a complicated relationship between surveillance and freedom, as surveillance activities allow for greater autonomy for women hoping to work in Jordan.
The holy river is used and abused so much that it barely reaches the Dead Sea these days.
The US delighted Israel and outraged Palestinians by announcing it sees nothing illegal with Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Here, a brief history of this hotly disputed land.
Jordan has a huge number of Syrian refugees and since 2016 it has let them legally enter the workforce.
The Syrian civil war has ended, but there are millions of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. With danger from a hostile regime back in Syria, what will happen to them now?
The old ways of doing things still matter – it's just that some of it now takes place online.
Maps can be an invaluable tool in a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. A pilot project trained Syrian refugees at a Jordan camp to create their own.
From eye-scanners to 3D printers, technology in humanitarian crises can be a positive force for disenfranchised people.
Decentralization in the Middle East and North Africa is supposed to lead to greater public representation in municipal politics. In fact, it is largely strengthening authoritarianism.
Public disaffection in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries betrays deep-seated tensions beneath the surface.
Why are Iraqi applicants for asylum in the UK treated so much worse than Syrians?
Refugees hold religious prejudices against each other too – separating them by religion is not the answer.
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.
Wondering why Jerusalem matters so much? A 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service explains what you need to know.
Protests in Tunisia and Morocco show underlying causes of the Arab uprisings remain intact.