The truce in Syria

The Russian-Turkish peace agreement on Syria has raised hopes of a lasting solution to the Syrian crisis, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Honest confession in Iran

Iran has benefitted from the end of the sanctions against the country as a result of the nuclear deal with the West. But there are clouds on the horizon, writes Camelia Entekhabifard

Palestinian resistance archbishop dies in Vatican

The death of Jerusalem’s Archbishop Hilarion Capucci is a reminder of the long history of armed Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation 

Shadows of Islamic State

Militant attacks in the Gulf have thus far been rare, but the rollback of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and economic and social issues point to an uncertain future, writes Mona Alami

Fake news on Yemen

Misleading statements by British ministers have been providing cover for the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen, writes Peter Oborne

Erdogan’s policies backfire

The New Year’s Eve terrorist attack in Istanbul appears unlikely to be the last as Turkey’s woes continue under Erdogan, writes Sayed Abdel-Meguid

Trump courts the Kremlin

Last week’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US by the Obama administration and President-elect Donald Trump’s reaction to it has opened up quite a Pandora’s Box, writes Gamal Nkrumah

The Switzerland of the Middle East?

Could Lebanon become a haven of peace in the Middle East despite the conflicts raging on around it, asks Hassan Al-Qishawi in Beirut

Peace still out of reach

Libya continues to roil in political and military conflict ahead of fresh attempts to rescue the Skhirat Libyan Political Accord, writes Kamel Abdallah

In the fog of Mosul’s war

Prediction by the US top general in Iraq that liberating Mosul from IS will take two years has raised questions on who is in charge of the war, writes Salah Nasrawi

Will the DRC avoid war?

An agreement between the regime and opposition is in the offing. But could it hold, asks Haitham Nouri