Above all, the Gulf states want stability. Can this beleaguered US president bring order?
Our best pieces from the past year. In this selection, our favourite writing about Syria and Isis.
Six million people live in Lebanon. Today, one in every four of them is a Syrian refugee.
More must - and can - be done to prevent families being torn apart.
“If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,” a diplomat told me in Kabul. “Isil are here.”
Few would claim that climate change is the only cause of conflicts in Syria or elsewhere, but it’s widely considered to be a "threat multiplier".
If the line between peace and war is being blurred, so is that between fact and fiction.
War by Photoshop.
How does Daesh manage the territory under its control?
The village of Idomeni is just one example.
The so-called “war on terror” has become a clash within each civilisation, in which every side pretends to fight Isis in order to hit its true enemy.
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