Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Iran has become ever more powerful in the region. But now a new Saudi-led alliance is fighting back. Are we heading for a catastrophe?
For those of us who have watched the region for decades, this crisis did not come out of nowhere.
The attack on the airbase was exactly the action we expected to see from the Obama administration in August 2013
Unless Donald Trump is able to master geopolitical complexity, the trouble in the Middle East will get far worse.
As the civil war rages on, Syria has become a theatre for great-power rivalry, with Russia and Iran turning cynical opportunism into high policy.
A letter from Bahrain.
Ultimately this is a question about the world in which we want to live.
The unique threat posed by Isis has been analysed in depth. But how should the West respond in practice?