The answer matters for world leaders faced with conflicts in countries like Syria and Ukraine.
The jihadist-influenced militancy nurtured by the civil war appears to be spreading—just as diplomacy in Geneva falters.
Excluding Bashar al-Assad's most important ally won't halt a widening proxy war.
Derailing Iran negotiations means risking another military conflict in the Middle East.
The former defense secretary's new memoir highlights the president's deeply contradictory approach to the region.
Fights in Washington have taken priority over stabilizing the region and securing the United States.
It's never been easier to take photos—or harder to capture ones that matter.
Will the international community respond?
From Kiev to Kabul, the promise of prosperity is winning hearts and minds.
We're now closer to diplomatic solutions on the Iranian nuclear program, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Syrian civil war. But the really hard stuff remains unresolved.
Reporters are being abducted at an unprecedented rate—and their captors aren't even making demands anymore.
For the last decade, America has been getting a raw deal: covert strikes in exchange for serving as the Pakistani military's punching bag.
Bill de Blasio, the soon-to-be-mayor of New York, made the rich-poor gap the core of his campaign. He faces a city still torn in two by the aftermath of the hurricane.
The government's ever-expanding culture of secrecy is excessive, unnecessary, and destructive.
With a budget conference forming and a new debt-ceiling hike coming early in 2014, there's more strife to come. Here is who to watch.
His proposal to the shutdown impasse isn't perfect, but it could provide a way out and deal the Tea Party a body blow in the process.
There's a direct connection between the shutdown and hyperbolic, partisan journalistic outlets driven more by profits than the search for truth.
The president's historic phone call with Rouhani could be a turning point -- or just another failed attempt at diplomacy.
The president has a rare opportunity to negotiate with a moderate rather than one of Iran's conservative hardliners.
The decision not to intervene may signal a broader strategic shift away from the region.