Recent policy changes in Syria offer hope. Damascus could be a wild card in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
09/20/2010 12:51 pm
Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in NY and talked about the two American hikers still in prision in Iran. On Sunday, Sarah Shourd underscored her gratitude at being released but said she felt only "one-third free."
09/19/2010 10:06 pm
Turkey's vote for constitutional reforms last week helped solidify its position as the new superpower of the Middle East and the shining model of what a modern, Muslim-majority democracy can achieve if given the opportunity.
09/18/2010 12:05 am
US envoy George Mitchell arrived in Damascus today after Israeli-Palestinian peace talks culminated in Jerusalem. He may ask President Bashar Assad to lean on Hamas amid fresh Gaza air strikes.
09/16/2010 03:08 pm
Staunch secularists in Turkey are dismayed by voters' strong approval of constitutional amendments that, secularists believe, remove the checks and balances on Islam in government. But all is not lost.
09/15/2010 06:39 pm
Egypt is seeking to burnish its role as an American ally as it hosts Israeli-Palestinian peace talks today – a calculation some says plays into Mubarak's succession strategy.
09/14/2010 03:04 pm
Yes, there are huge obstacles. But the advantages of talking over fighting can't be discounted. Peace talks slow the killing, promote civil society, and may shift the dynamics in the region for a more stable future.
09/14/2010 11:20 am
In Pictures US hikers detained in Iran
In Pictures Eid al-Fitr around the world
Damascus is increasingly on the radar for international music tours. Artists have been surprised at the huge turnout to performances.
09/08/2010 10:03 am