Behind The News
July 17, 2014
The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.
July 14, 2014
Israel's ongoing military onslaught across the Gaza Strip is not just about the high death toll and physical injuries. What about the mental scars that haunt the Palestinian population?
July 13, 2014
Yemen's unity and development may be more at threat today than ever before, but who-or what-is to blame?
July 10, 2014
A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory
While the big game between Germany and Brazil commenced, Israel was air striking Gaza. But, the eyes of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon were transfixed on the match, "desensitized" by what was happening in the Strip.
July 7, 2014
Egypt's new government is cutting fuel subsidies in an effort to save the economy.
July 5, 2014
Too many coincidences seem to indicate that Ankara is backing Kurdistan's bid for independence in many more ways than may be immediately realized.
July 3, 2014
When analyzing the impact of the ISIS declaration of the caliphate, one must consider the circumstances surrounding the announcement, says one expert.
June 30, 2014
There hasn't been an Islamic caliphate since the Ottoman Empire. Radical militant group ISIS announced the "restoration of the caliphate", but what does this mean?
June 29, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are fanning the flames of deeply rooted sectarian tensions that have existed in Iraq for years.
June 26, 2014
The constant juggle between ISIS and Iraqi forces for the Baiji oil refinery has been confusing as it remains unclear who has full control. But, there is more to it.
June 25, 2014
With Kurdish forces successfully fending off ISIL militants and establishing their own boundaries, the time is ripe for the Kurdish people to establish an independent state.
June 24, 2014
Suicide bombs are not enough of a reason to scare away the tourists of Lebanon. As embassies warn against traveling to the country, some tourists say it's just an exaggeration.
June 22, 2014
As the international community commemorates World Refugee Day, one refugee tells his complicated story.
June 21, 2014
Is the Middle East facing an unprecedented stability threat?