Will Jordan and Syria Normalize Ties?

Syrian refugee camp in Jordan (Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Flickr)

by Giorgio Cafiero After Syria’s crisis erupted in 2011, Jordanian-Syrian relations suffered immensely. Early in the conflict, Damascus began accusing Amman of financing and training “terrorist” organizations fighting against the Syrian regime. In May 2014, the Hashemite kingdom expelled Syria’s… Continue Reading  

Overstating Climate Change in Egypt’s Uprising

Making bread in Egypt (eFesenko via Shutterstock)

by Jessica Barnes The possible link between climate change and political upheaval in the Middle East has attracted increasing media attention and is generating a new wave of academic research seeking to demonstrate the link. An influential study that put… Continue Reading  

Moscow’s Middle East Balancing Act Is Getting Harder

Vladimir Putin

by Mark N. Katz So far, Moscow has managed to maintain good relations with opposing sides in several Middle East conflict situations, including Iran vs. Israel, Israel vs. Syria and Hezbollah, Israel vs. the Palestinians, Iran vs. Saudi Arabia and… Continue Reading  

Blowback From U.S. Policy in the Greater Middle East

U.S. soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan (U.S. Army)

by Danny Sjursen He was shot in the back, the ultimate act of treachery. On September 3, a U.S Army sergeant major was killed by two Afghan police officers — the very people his unit, the new Security Force Assistance Brigade, was there to train. It was… Continue Reading  

Saudi and Emirati Stakes in China’s Ascendancy

Xi Jinping and Mohammed bin Salman

by Giorgio Cafiero and Bridgett Neff Although the United States remains an extremely powerful force in the Middle East, the strategically flawed and disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the financial crash of 2008, and the chaotic fallout… Continue Reading