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).
Earlier this week, hundreds of Israeli police officers and soldiers carried out an Israeli High Court order to evict Jewish wildcat settlers from the Amona outpost in the West Bank.
The executive order issued by President Donald Trump barring entry into the United States by nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—has drawn sharp reactions from around the region.
Donald Trump the businessman was impressive. Reality star Trump equally so, but I fear the journey he is taking us on as President of the United States and Leader of the Free World.
The most common analysis in regional commentary on the death of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 82, a former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is that his passing is a painful blow to the moderates in Tehran.
In truth, I cannot help thinking there is an architect with a plan to weaken Egypt and create distance between Egyptians and the peoples of the Arabian Gulf. I fear that this plot is working and, if we are not careful, will soon near completion.
President Barack Obama’s emotional farewell speech before a crowd of thousands was another fine example of the type of inspirational oratory that saw him elected eight years ago as President of the United States.
The slow and painful liberation of Mosul continues to be received by regional media with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.
President Obama generated excitement when he allowed his United Nations ambassador, Samantha Power, to abstain from a vote on United Nations Security Council 2334 resolution that condemned Israeli settlements and passed unanimously.
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.