Latest Middle East Analysis

An Imam, a Mercedes and Erdogan's Election Gambit

Turkey's president is using lavish gifts to drive home the point that his presidency equals security for Turkey's pious class. Read more…

A worker carries out a routine check at a natural gas control center in Turkey. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Carries On With Turkish Stream Pipeline

Regardless of the political and financial obstacles, Russia will start work on its new natural gas pipeline in June, and Turkey stands to benefit. Read more…

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (R) meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov when he arrives for a visit to Belgrade. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP PHOTO)

The Problems Foreign Powers Find in the Balkans

Despite investments flowing in from multiple countries, internal state politics is a barrier to external influence in the region. Read more…