Foreign policy practitioners often tout Western sanctions on the Middle East as the magical foreign policy tool that allows nations to constrain the activities of adversaries without using military or human personnel.
Fellow, Middle East Policy Council
Bashar al-Assad has secured a fourth 7-year term following presidential elections in Syria. The result was never in question, official state media reporting that Assad won over 95% of the vote. Now comes the hard part.
After a little more than a month in office, US President Joe Biden ordered a retaliatory strike against Iranian-backed militias based in Syria. The air strikes were a response to alleged attacks by Kataib Hizbullah and Kataib Sayed Al-Shuhada on US targets in Iraq.
Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has fired the country’s prime minister as the country teeters precariously on the edge of economic ruin.
As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic wreaks havoc throughout the world, perennial regional debates and disagreements seem to dwarf in comparison to the challenges lying ahead. That is not to say they are forgotten.
This week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will visit the U.S. president at the White House. The meeting, which was confirmed only a few days ago, takes place against a worsening U.S.-Turkish relationship and moves by the U.S.
News of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, has sparked debate across the region about the consequences of his demise.