Latest Middle East Analysis

Learning the Lessons of Long-Term History

The patterns of the past, though imperfect guides for the future, can give forecasters a bird's-eye view of things to come.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani looks on during the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha on Dec. 9, 2014. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar's Discretion Looks to Mend Ties

Regional pressures will continue to shape Qatar's relationships with Sunni states, including members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Turkey.

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Saudi Arabia Faces Challenges in the New Year

Internal and regional pressures are likely to force rival Sunni Arab states to align against Iranian and Turkish ambitions.