After ISIS, the Kurdish question

The Kurds have played a key role in the Syrian war. With U.S. military aid, a Kurdish militia called the YPG has done a large share of the ground...

The looted antiquities trade

Conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has fueled a booming trade in looted antiquities from archaeological sites and museums. Millions of...

Qatar feud risks Gulf instability

On the surface, the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar has much in common with Saudi Arabia and the other monarchies of the Arabian peninsula....

Turkey’s dying democracy

Fifteen years ago, Turkey was the great democratic beacon of the Islamic world. Back then Turkey’s current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was...