At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria Contact Group involving both Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Top lawyers say they have evidence that the Syrian government is responsible for crimes against humanity, but will these latest findings influence tomorrow's peace talks?
Egyptians are expected to vote “yes” in a referendum on their new constitution. This will prove a big mistake.
WHO's response to Syria's polio outbreak, and its close relationship with the Syrian government, have been called into question.
The military leadership is trying to extinguish protest from both Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the liberals who helped overthrow President Mubarak. Will they succeed?
Violence, hunger and disease have become facts of life for millions. More can be done to alleviate their suffering, and more must be done.
Amnesty International condemns Europe's failure to resettle Syrian refugees.
Experts have raised doubts over a shocking image, used by the Times, purporting to show a foetus which has been shot in the womb.
A nuclear Iran will destabilise the Middle East and maybe push Saudi Arabia and other Sunni countries into a nuclear arms race. Oil supplies might be threatened. Yet Israel, though always capable of defending itself, shouldn’t be taking a seat in the firs
Israel calls Hassan Rowhani a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” – but is the new president of the Islamic Republic the west’s best hope of détente?
Nad-e Ali's most senior politician, Mohammad Ibrahim, knows that the consequence of pushing too hard for change could be a Taliban resurgence. Striking this balance would be a challenge for a political veteran but Ibrahim is only 29 years old.
The kidnap of Libya's prime minister, Ali Zeidan, is a warning that Western powers need to do more to support the revolution they helped bring about.
The decision to launch a terrorist attack abroad might reflect its inability to mount a successful offensive against African Union troops on the ground but it is also a mark of al-Shabab’s enduring strength.
Health care is being hampered by those involved in the conflict because of the Assad regime’s willingness to target doctors and hospitals.
A successful campaign by Saudi women to defy a driving ban provokes one odd pseudo-scientific response.
What factors will really affect the outcome of negotiations between the US and Iran?
A Syrian surgeon describes his struggles to treat the wounded in Homs and calls on the international community to intervene.
Under the deal brokered by the US and Russia in response to the Ghouta attack, Syria has pledged to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile by 2014. But how will this work, and how much will it cost?
While the US continues to deliberate their course of action, so, too, does Hezbollah. After depending upon the Syrian regime for so long, how will they retaliate in the event of air strikes?
In seeking to break with a past tainted by Iraq, the Syria vote entrenches the legacy of that war. So what next?
How did Obama find himself in such a rococo mess, pinned between haters in the House and his KGB rival?
Media narratives and the stereotypes they employ matter because they frame the way the world understands events. The reporting of Middle Eastern conflicts has the potential power to impact western political responses.
Suicide bombings in Sinai and an assassination attempt on the interior minister are a sign that Egypt is facing a growing threat from Islamic extremists, and the violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood can only make things worse.
If I were in Bashar al-Assad's office as Obama's speech at the White House was televised around the world, I think I would hear the following.
Britain has shown that its notion of how to conduct world affairs turns on strong but unrealistic opinions fuelled by moral outrage. Let’s leave serious nations to get on with defending the world, shall we?
As the threat of military intervention continues to loom over Syria, in a far-flung corner of the country, the town of Deir Ezzour offers an insight into the suffering of ordinary Syrians.
Egypt, North Korea, Angola, South Sudan, Israel and Myanmar haven't ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, and Russia and the US haven't met their obligations under the convention. So what power does the CWC have?
Rhetoric aside, how does Syria today actually compare to Iraq in 2003?
Sholto Byrnes, editor of Think., on diversity, "Corniche pasties" and setting up shop in Doha.