Just What Is Turkey Up To?

by Graham E. Fuller Turkish policies towards the Middle East have been in wild oscillation over the past many weeks, even months. Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly initiated military action against ISIS in cooperation with the US. But it… Continue Reading  

Keep Expectations of Iran’s New Regional Role Realistic

by Shireen T. Hunter Only a few short weeks ago, Iran was considered the main instigator of all the troubles in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and, according to some, even in Latin America. Some in the US and in… Continue Reading  

Reporting on the Disappeared in Egypt

by Zhai Yun Tan Muhammad Mansour is an Egyptian journalist who covered the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime president Hosni Mubarak. He briefly participated in the revolution before returning as a journalist and contributing numerous articles for the Egypt Independent, The… Continue Reading  

The Kurdish Elephant

by John Feffer Let’s mix some metaphors in the Middle East, all of them involving elephants. In the crisis zone that encompasses Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, the Kurds are the elephant in the room. They are the “problem” that… Continue Reading  

Letter to Congress: Support Iran Deal Now

by David Isenberg Dear Senators Kaine, Warner, and Congressmen Beyer, First, thank you in advance for taking the time to read this. Of course, that assumes you are actually reading this, and it hasn’t been sent to one of your… Continue Reading