Neither Thaw nor War: Steering the U.S. and Iran Out of No-Man’s-Land

By Ghoncheh Tazmini With protests flaring up around the country over a hike in fuel prices, the atmosphere in Iran is febrile. At the same time, it is eerily quiet with the near-total internet shutdown cutting the country off from… Continue Reading  

The Lebanese Uprising: No End in Sight for the Current Impasse

By Joe Macaron It has been over a month since the Lebanese uprising began and there are no indications that the country’s ruling oligarchy is willing or ready to offer concrete concessions in giving up power. The political class seems united in… Continue Reading  

Turkey in the Gulf: Between Regional Aspirations and Setbacks

By Jacopo Spezia Depretto In recent years there has been remarkable upheaval between Persian Gulf countries. Iran and Qatar have been on mostly extremely negative terms with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. The U.S.’s “maximum pressure”… Continue Reading  

Will Iraq’s Protests Lead to Radical Change?

By Abdulwahab Al-Qassab and Imad K. Harb The ongoing protests in Iraq indicate that the country’s youth, who are overwhelmingly Shia, have become disillusioned with status quo politics of control by Islamist political parties and with government corruption and ineptitude. Following the… Continue Reading  

From Safadi back to Hariri: Lebanon’s search for a prime minister

By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Lebanon is in search of a new prime minister to replace Saad Hariri, who resigned on October 29 amid protests against government corruption and economic woes under his leadership. But the larger, more complicated question is… Continue Reading