Iraq succeeded in bringing sectarian tensions and violence down from their 2006 and 2007 high – until war broke out in Syria.
According to a Gallup poll conducted inside Syria, half of Syrians would leave their country if they could, up from 29 percent when the conflict first began.
Over the weekend, Iraq's government banned protests against the lavish pensions given to lawmakers, in the latest evidence that Iraqi democracy has struggled to take root.
The dominance of jihadi groups in some rebel-controlled parts of Syria has some there wondering if they've traded one dictator for another.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the Syrian war has awakened dormant Sunni-Shiite tensions.
Iraq is still dealing with the long-term consequences of the US invasion, and Iraqis have doubts that a US intervention in Syria would have better results.
In the Syrian city, fighting is down, but residents now face additional danger from rebel factions that have turned to kidnapping and other criminal activity.
The EU allowed the arms embargo to expire in June, but said it would not take action until August. That day is here.
Billions of dollars into bankrolling revolutions in Libya, Syria, and Egypt, the Qataris are finding that money can't deliver an airtight foreign policy.
Trying to understand individual events in Syria's war is daunting. But looking for trends gives a sense of the state of play: Syrians are in for a long, brutal war.
Qatari stand-up comic Hamad al-Ameri borrows heavily from his upbringing – he grew up in Ireland – for his comedy routine.
Young people in Qatar say their contentment is not just about Qatar's oil wealth, but investment in education and innovation that gives them opportunity.
The unrest is unlikely to become a “Turkish Spring,” but it is testing democracy in Turkey.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's approval rating has dropped almost 10 points since December, with a sharp decline since he began cracking down on protesters in Istanbul.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed hundreds of thousands of his cheering supporters in Istanbul saying, 'My patience has run out' with anti-government protests.
The Syrian rebels have long begged for the US to give them military assistance. Now some argue it may be too little, too late.
Prime Minister Erdogan has proposed that the fate of Gezi Park be put to a vote, but protesters are deeply skeptical the process will be enough to address underlying problems.
Swimming goggles and 'V for Vendetta' masks cropped up in street vendors' hands within days of the first demonstrations in Taksim Square.
Prime Minister Erdogan and the protesters are plotting their next steps after police overran the Taksim Square demonstration.
The Turkish lira has dropped to an 18-month low since protests began. That could undermine Prime Minister Erdogan, whose popularity has been tied to strong economic growth on his watch.
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