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Rehabilitating Assad: The struggle for influence in Syria's endgame

How Damascus could become the next arena for geopolitical competition between the region's Arab power centers and Iran.

Washington Politics

Obama, Biden and realism in the Middle East

A coherent realist policy in the Middle East – and beyond – would bring greater benefits than costs. That said, there is a natural tendency among proponents to oversell those benefits and downplay the costs.

Middle East

What’s behind Iran’s sudden realignment with Turkey?

Rather than herald the emergence of a new alliance in the region, the recent rapprochement between Iran and Turkey appears to be a marriage of convenience.