Assad’s Endgame Reply

Would Bashar al Assad be desperate enough to provoke a regional conflagration? If he is, there’s a target on the U.S. personnel in Jordan.

Bashar al Assad has been at war with his own country — or vast swathes of it, at least — for a year and a half. His regime is more threatened now than ever before, and the duration of the violence has only hardened opposition to his regime from the international community. (cont.) More…

A War of Words? Reply

It’s that time of year again.

Last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s annual trip to the United Nations set off a string of reactions in the familiar choreography of the Iranian-Israeli Cold War (cont.)

The Crisis Within Reply

Israel’s failed efforts at conscription reform highlight a wider demographic dilemma.

This is the first in a series of installments that will highlight the different demographic issues facing the countries of the Near East — and their implications on the region as a whole. More…