Professor Jeroen Gunning joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss Hamas’s ideology, internal struggles, and use of violence against Israel.
The Middle East is both ancient and dramatically changing. Authoritarian rulers dominate, but some countries are opening economically and socially. And new alignments are being forged as the U.S. takes a step back from the region and China begins to play a more active role.
Contrary to expectations, Benjamin Netanyahu may be able to outlast disasters as he has before and remain a player in Israeli politics.
Conflicts in the Caucasus and Israel-Palestine complicate Erdogan’s geopolitical balancing act, but also give him more room to maneuver.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu battles for political survival at home and faces an ignominious legacy as a Gaza invasion looms.
An Israeli ground invasion of Gaza hasn’t occurred in part because Israel lacks a cohesive strategy for a post-Hamas Gaza.
A court in Qatar has sentenced eight retired Indian Navy officers to death, putting relations between India and Qatar to test.
Whether Lebanon becomes a part of the Israeli-Palestinian war is ultimately up to Hezbollah, not the Lebanese government.
Israel has no good options for a post-Hamas Gaza should it pursue a ground invasion of the territory and aim to end the group’s rule.
Gaza remains isolated without essentials. Delivering aid is complex due to lack of access and Israel’s siege. Humanitarian needs are urgent.
While Israel and Hamas have been accused of war crimes, international institutions will have difficulty holding either side to account.