Two years have passed since the start of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.
Relations between Turkey and the EU have been on a downward trend for some time.
News of Russian troops deployed in Egypt to assist the Libyan National Army has made clear what many already suspected: Russia is in the Middle East to stay. Many regional observers have received news of rising Russian influence in the region with a mixture of caution and curiosity.
The Israeli parliament has approved a law aimed at supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The new law, which some are referring to as Israel’s own travel ban, prohibits supporters of the BDS movement from entering the country.
The publication of a report by the Israeli comptroller on the government’s conduct of the war in Gaza in 2014—Operation Protective Edge—has produced a number of pointed reactions among Israeli and regional media.
Six years after the street protests that resulted in the ouster of long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians are still struggling with high prices, anemic economic growth and increased insecurity.
The war of words between the new U.S. administration and the Iranian government escalated over the past few days, as President Donald Trump announced new sanctions on Iran’s missile program. Iranian media have condemned the U.S.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a big step toward his goal of turning the Turkish Republic into a presidential system of government (and, with term limits reset, potentially remain in power until 2029).
The slow and painful liberation of Mosul continues to be received by regional media with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.
Regional editorials and observers have been busy prognosticating about what we should expect in the new year. With a changing of the guard in the White House and other important political and security challenges looming, many are greeting 2017 with a mixture of hope and trepidation.