In Depth

Extremists in Syria’s Idlib Threatened by Own Success

“Moderate” Extremists in Syria’s Idlib Threatened by Own Success?

As ISIS is cornered in southeastern Syria and the U.S. begins to withdraw from the Kurdish-held northeast, eyes are turning toward a resurgent, al-Qaeda-linked militant faction in the northwest. While that group, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, appears to be playing a savvy political game with Turkey, Russia, and Syria, internal conflict may threaten its dominance.
Muslim Hajj: From Religious Ritual to Lucrative Business. Mecca

Muslim Hajj: From Religious Ritual to Lucrative Business

Attended annually by two to three million people from all over the world, the Hajj ritual is the fifth pillar of Islam required of Muslims who are able physically and financially to perform it at least once in their lifetime.

UAE Punishes Somalia for Its Stance on Ongoing Gulf Crisis

Tensions are rising between Abu Dhabi and Mogadishu. This trend is likely to continue as long as Somalia refuses to take a stand against Qatar.

Uncertain Outlook in Egypt in Wake of Presidential Elections

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi’s landslide victory in the recent national elections was a foregone conclusion long before the polls opened on March 26. As predicted, Sisi won a second term, securing 92 percent of the alleged 23 million votes cast.

Short and Long-Term Repercussions of U.S. Embassy Relocation to Jerusalem

The United States relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14 after a controversial decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.