from The Great Debate:

Saudi Arabia and Iran are playing a winner-take-all game

By Mohamad Bazzi
January 7, 2016

Shi'ites protest against the execution of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, during a demonstration in Baghdad January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily  - RTX219P8

Shi'ites protest against the execution of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, during a demonstration in Baghdad January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

from The Great Debate:

How the Saudi king benefits from a cleric’s execution

By Peter Van Buren
January 6, 2016

Members of the Shi'ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016. The sign reads in Urdu, "Protest, Protest, Protest, we condemn the martyring of Ayatullah Shaikh Baqar al-Nimr and other Muslims, and demand human rights organisations take notice of the inhuman incident and bring fact-finding to the public". REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro  - RTX20S7T

Members of the Shi'ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

from The Great Debate:

Why war crimes charges now extend to the destruction of ancient monuments

By Belkis Wille and James Ross
October 9, 2015

Woman walks on a bridge in the Old Sanaa city

A woman walks on a bridge in the Old Sanaa city January 10, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

from The Great Debate:

Are there any reasons for hope in the Middle East? Maybe.

By Henri J. Barkey and David F. Gordon
August 27, 2015

An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015 purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. REUTERS/Social Media

from David Rohde:

U.S. will not release hunger-striking Guantanamo detainee

By Reuters Staff
August 14, 2015

BY JULIA EDWARDS AND DAVID ROHDE

Portraits of Yemeni inmates at Guantanamo Bay are held up by relatives during a protest to demand their release, outside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa April 1, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Portraits of Yemeni inmates at Guantanamo Bay are held up by relatives during a protest to demand their release, outside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa April 1, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

from The Great Debate:

The battle for Aden is a tipping point in Yemen’s war

By April Longley Alley and Peter Salisbury
July 25, 2015

Southern Resistance fighter is pictured through a damaged door glass as he stands guard at the international airport of Yemen's southern port city of Aden

A southern resistance fighter is pictured through a damaged door glass as he stands guard at the international airport of Yemen's southern port city of Aden, July 24, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

from The Great Debate:

While Syria burns next door, Lebanon’s fabric is fraying

By Mohamad Bazzi
June 11, 2015

Lebanon's Hezbollah members carry Hezbollah flags during the funeral of their fellow fighter Adnan Siblini, who was killed while fighting against insurgents in the Qalamoun region, in al-Ghaziyeh village, southern Lebanon

Lebanon's Hezbollah members carry Hezbollah flags during the funeral of their fellow fighter Adnan Siblini, who was killed while fighting against insurgents in the Qalamoun region, in al-Ghaziyeh village, southern Lebanon May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

from MacroScope:

A bit of Greek clarity from an act of defiance

By Mike Peacock
June 5, 2015

People make their way past a stencil by street artist Flip in Athens

Greece’s decision to delay a 300-million-euro payment to the IMF today and instead try to meet all June’s payments at the end of the month was probably an act of bravado for domestic consumption but it also clarifies things.

from The Great Debate:

Saudi Arabia faces many threats, and Iran isn’t at the top of the list

By Mohamad Bazzi
May 28, 2015

Shi'ites chant slogans during a rally following Friday's suicide attack at a Shi'ite mosque, at Qatif

Shi'ites chant slogans during a rally following Friday's suicide attack at a Shi'ite mosque, at Qatif, in east Saudi Arabia May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

from The Great Debate:

Who are Yemen’s Houthis?

By Reuters
May 20, 2015

Yemen has been in the midst of a violent conflict as rival factions compete for power in the impoverished nation on the Arabian Peninsula.