The “Shiite crescent”

Narrative that designates states in the Middle East in which Shiites either constitute the majority of the populations, or in which allies of Iran control the government. As the shape of the geographical distribution of these states resembles a crescent, the term “Shiite crescent” has become synonymous with Iran’s regional ambitions.
Religion and ideology

Islam, Islamism, Jihadism

Three different things that are often confused, sometimes even used interchangeably. How do they differ?
Saudi-Iranian conflict

“Cold War” in the Middle East

Conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, perhaps the key to understanding contemporary Middle Eastern politics.
Saudi Arabia

What does the Saudi crown prince want?

The Saudi crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, is a curious political character who wants to transform the country.