‘A new set of geopolitical circumstances make Israeli outreach — and Arab acceptance — much more possible than it was before’
The first all-women's Middle Eastern art collective has a touring photography exhibit that puts gender in the foreground.
Dozens of Palestinians with US passports or legal residency in the US have managed to get out of the Gaza Strip since the most recent violence began, but there are dozens more still there. And it's not clear if or when they will be able to leave.
Those born in the 1980s and 1990s helped lead the Arab Spring movements, pressing for more open and democratic societies. Author Juan Cole says they are just beginning to reshape the Middle East, with a mindset that is more liberal, less religious and unencumbered by the past.
The battle for Iraq, between Sunni militant groups and Shiite-dominated government forces, is not just about Iraq. Journalist Dexter Filkins says its could engulf much of the Middle East and create another terrorism sanctuary, similar to Afghanistan before 9/11.
In the rocky terrain of the West Bank, the quickest way to protest is picking up a stone. And if you are caught, what happens next depends on whether you are an Israeli or a Palestinian.
Former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon has died after spending nearly eight years in a coma that followed a stroke. Sharon was highly controversial — both loved and hated. And few individuals in recent memory have had as much of an influence on the recent history of the Middle East.
The debate is over a year old, but has been renewed since both French President François Hollande and Secretary of State John Kerry have been using the word "Daesh" to describe the group known variously as ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State, in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris.
Violence is spreading in Iraq's western Anbar province engulfing two key cities — Fallujah and Ramadi. Many Americans remember Fallujah and Anbar province as places where US soldiers fought and died. Retired US Army Colonel Peter Mansoor knows the area well and says the US government should re-engage.
Predictions are part of TV fare on New Year's Eve. They may be popular, but they're neither accurate nor widely believed.
Afghanistan and Pakistan have occupied central roles in American foreign policy for the last decade — and some role long before that. But their influence may well wane if relations between the US and Iran continue to improve.