Latest Middle East Analysis

An Armenian Tragedy: The Geopolitics of Terminology

The choice between "genocide" and "massacre" in describing the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 indicates either support for a small country aligned with Russia or close ties with a rising power in the Middle East and the Russian periphery. Read more…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to his Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference in Ankara in December. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

As Russia Weakens, Turkey Grows Assertive

Low energy prices and a weak economy have made it harder for Moscow to placate Turkey, and made Ankara more willing to meddle in the region. Read more…

Iran, Saudi Arabia Draw Others into Their Struggle

Turkey and Pakistan are being pulled into the competition for influence in the Middle East, and each is trying to find a way to minimize the damage. Read more…