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.


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.