The Syrian Al-Assad regime's survival owes a lot to its foreign patrons, as well as U.S. incompetence.
Iran’s support for the Al-Assad regime in Damascus has long provided it with a foothold in Lebanon, Palestine, and the rest of the region. But with its deepening role in the Syrian civil war, Tehran is losing hearts and minds in the Arab World.
Lebanon's president navigates the treacherous waters of the cold war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The country's ruling establishment, guardians of the 1979 Islamic revolution, confront a changing society.
From Riyadh to Washington, international leaders overestimate the power of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iranian support for the Houthis has been marginal and does not shape their decision making as much as local alliances and conflict dynamics do.
The death of Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani continues to affect the country's political scene.
Syrian rebels are unlikely to rebound from defeat anytime soon, while Iran and Russia stand to gain immensely.
Western impotence in Aleppo and the Syrian civil war, and the approaching victory of the Russian-Iranian alliance, is another sign of sweeping changes in the region's political order.
The rise of the Islamic State has created both challenges and opportunities for Iranian trade networks in Iraq.
Washington’s foreign policy rests on shaky ground due to longstanding mistrust by Arabs and Iranians alike. To ease tensions and fight terrorism, the United States should support a new order based on cooperation among regional powers.