There are important structural reasons for Likud's durability in power, and a strong economy is just the start.
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Will President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continue to pursue his authoritarian path or will he reach out to his opponents and attempt to bridge the deep fissures in Turkish society?
The "success" of President Barack Obama's approach to the Iran nuclear problem has left the future of the region blurrier than ever.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared politically unassailable until the abrupt resignation of two Cabinet ministers and the inconclusive war in Gaza.
The horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria's civil war, point to the unraveling of the state system established after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire almost 100 years ago.
Western statesmen are right to congratulate themselves on averting an immediate major crisis with Iran, but they are wrong to believe that they have resolved the nuclear threat.
It is the state system established by the European imperial powers, not merely regimes, that is unraveling in the Middle East.
Two things stand out in the Middle East since the Arab Spring began — one that happened, and one that did not. What happened was that for the first time in modern Arab history, authoritarian regimes and rulers were toppled, or seriously challenged, by ...
The recent surge in Turkey's military actions against the Kurds in northern Iraq is an indication that, somewhat surprisingly — but not entirely unpredictably — Turkish foreign policy has undergone a 180-degree turn in less than two years. The Turkish offensive is also an ...
During the turmoil of the French Revolution, a popular saying arose: "How beautiful was the republic — under the monarchy." The revolution aimed at achieving liberty, equality and fraternity. Instead, it wrought for France Jacobin terror, rightwing counterterror, decades of war and then Napoleonic ...