King Abdullah tries to contain popular outrage over new taxes and subsidy reductions, the Gulf crisis enters its second year, and Turkey and the U.S. reach an agreement on the Kurdish presence in Manbij.
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The alliances in Yemen’s civil war shift again, Assad is pushes his luck in southwest Syria, and France presses Libya’s factions to hold elections.
In dismissing a petition against the rules of engagement governing use of force by the Israeli security forces in the violent clashes in Gaza, the court asserted a controversial interpretation of what international law requires of the Israeli security forces.
Hezbollah's gains and a growing cohort of independent, trans-confessional politicians make clear why the United States needs to stay engaged.
The United States will go with sanctions alone against Iran, the Saudi crown prince’s campaign for reform without reformers, and the Assad regime waits for better terms.
At best, proxies can hope for resources and assistance from a foreign power—but they should never count on it lasting over time.