Iraq: Evading the Gathering Storm

by International Crisis Group What’s new? In June, several rockets landed near U.S. installations in Iraq, and in July-August, explosions shook weapons storage facilities and a convoy of Iraqi paramilitary groups tied to Iran. These incidents helped push U.S.-Iranian tensions to… Continue Reading  

After Aden: Navigating Yemen’s New Political Landscape

by International Crisis Group What’s new? The anti-Huthi alliance in Yemen has reached a breaking point with southern secessionist forces taking over the interim capital, Aden, from the internationally recognised government. The government calls the move a coup and accuses the… Continue Reading  

Rouhani Should Be Allowed to Talk with Trump

by Shireen T. Hunter When Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif showed up at the G7 summit earlier this month and talked with French President Emmanuel Macron, it raised hopes that Macron’s efforts to mediate between Iran and the United States… Continue Reading  

Will Somalia Share Yemen’s Fate?

by Imad K. Harb The decision by the United Arab Emirates to withdraw its troops from Yemen was a tactical maneuver in a regional landscape witnessing several strategic challenges by other equally interested parties. In addition to Yemen, other countries… Continue Reading  

Does Might Truly Make Right?

by Gary Sick The Middle East has reverted to a kind of primitive savagery. The states of the region had historically treated their citizens with casual brutality, in the interest of preventing dissent, but the ferocious civil wars and interstate… Continue Reading