Developments on the Korean peninsula will almost certainly influence calculations made in Washington and Tehran.
Unless a tactical shift in the balance of power occurs, it is unlikely that either the regime or the rebels will gain control of Syria's entire territory.
Can China manage an effective partnership with both Sudans?
Amidst the Middle East's ongoing conflicts and turmoil, the Kurds of northern Iraq may come out on top with an independent state.
The Arab Awakening has made short work of Hamas' longstanding alliance with Bashar al-Assad.
Although Hezbollah has been a strong ally of Bashar al-Assad, there are signs the Lebanese group is preparing for a future without him.
Qatar has supported revolution abroad while Saudi Arabia anchors down the authoritarian regional order.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has proved willing to act independently of Washington, but he's not about to leave the fold.
Although the prospects for an independent state in Syrian Kurdistan remain dim, unprecedented Kurdish autonomy will likely result from the conflict
The radicalization and internationalization of Syria's armed opposition have exacerbated the fears of Turkey's minority communities.
The prospects for a new war in the Sahel appear increasingly probable.
China and the United States compete for influence in the Persian Gulf, but they also have overlapping interests in the region.
Libya's first democratic election went comparatively smoothly. But it's what comes next that poses the greater challenge.
Turkey and Iran don't see eye to eye on Syria. But their mutual interests in other arenas temper their disagreements.
Qatar's foreign policy is ambitious, creative, and rife with ambiguity.
Iraq's future depends on a reconciliation between the Maliki government and the Sunni refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.
The Nasserite candidate Hamdeen Sabahi came in third in the first round of the Egyptian presidential election. Is his Dignity Party the wave of the future?
Washington should remember the lessons of blowback and avoid intervention in Syria.
A new book looks at the implications of the rise of political Islam in the Middle East and North Africa.