June 12, 2014 /
Saudi Arabia finds itself in the midst of major social change as the relationship between the House of Saud and its official religious establishment shift.
June 9, 2014 /
After decades of declining popularity under the ascendance of political Islam, Arabism is seeing a revival of sorts among Saudi youth as a way out of the sectarian conflicts now gripping the region.
June 6, 2014 /
The kingdom's official version of Islam, Wahhabism, has dampened Saudi creativity and impeded government modernization programs. But reform is in the air.
May 19, 2014
Last week Turkey began burying the dead from the country’s worst-ever coal mining disaster. The toll is expected to exceed 300.
May 15, 2014 /
The New Yorker
Coal is Turkey’s most exploited indigenous source of energy. And it is at the center of political power.
May 14, 2014 /
A small but worrying number of Iraqi Kurds have joined militant Islamist fighting in Syria. Is it simply religious fervor dictating their choices?
May 2, 2014
Today Iraq is consumed by sectarian fighting, but in the north the legacy of the US-led war is progress. Iraqi Kurdistan has autonomy, security, and oil. But what is Kurdistan beyond "the other Iraq...
May 1, 2014 /
The New Yorker
Violence in Anbar province has displaced tens of thousands of families. A Kurdish resort town struggles to adjust to an influx of the displaced.
April 23, 2014 /
Saudi Arabia’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization has mystified many Saudis and complicated the kingdom’s regional policies.
April 14, 2014 /
Although Saudis welcomed the elevation of Prince Muqrin, 68, many wonder whether a younger, more energetic leadership might be better equipped to handle future economic and development challenges.