The historic meeting adds to the general mood of Western détente with Iran.
Both Assad and his rebel opponents hope to leverage the US fight against the Islamic State to help them win the civil war.
The UAE's airstrikes in Libya represent a new and dangerous phase in its struggle with Qatar.
Egypt is reasserting itself in foreign policy, but it faces economic and societal challenges at home.
After a long process, various options are still open for Palestine with respect to joining the ICC.
Why Lebanon has a unique trajectory in its response to the threat of IS.
Switching support from Maliki to Abadi does not represent a real policy change for Iran.
Apparent wall-to-wall consensus in favour of the Gaza offensive among the Israeli public masks a deep internal moral malaise.
Demilitarising Gaza is being touted as part of a solution to the recent fighting. However, it's a potentially dangerous red herring
While the crisis in Iraq deepens, Europe has been slow to react - reluctant to be drawn into another quagmire in the region.
With European economies failing to deliver higher standards of living, and growing public disillusionment with apparently self-serving politicians, Philippe Legrain discusses where
François Godement analyses the rebellion of pro-democrats in Hong Kong.
Nicu Popescu on the future of Donbas region.
Julien Barnes-Dacey on how Islamic State is more than just an insurgency.