December 3, 2013 The finding adds more confusion to the case, because two other teams — Swiss and Russian — came to different conclusions.
November 25, 2013 The president has often spoken about making a pivot to Asia. But he keeps being drawn to the Middle East. The president's legacy on foreign policy will likely be determined by what ultimately happens in this volatile region.
November 6, 2013 Swiss scientists have been studying samples taken from the former Palestinian leader's remains. He died in 2004 at the age of 75.
October 31, 2013 An important step has been taken in the quest to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its lethal weapons. Next, an agreement must be finalized on a plan to destroy tons of toxic agents and munitions.
October 16, 2013 The embargo led to long gas lines and shaped U.S. foreign policy to this day. However, the world energy market has changed dramatically over the past four decades, and the U.S. now gets less than 10 percent of its oil from the Middle East.
October 14, 2013 Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani says he will seek a nuclear agreement and an end to crippling Western economic sanctions. This has raised hopes that better economic times may be ahead. But Rouhani's team, as well as economists, say Iran's problems are deep-rooted and won't be easily solved.
October 4, 2013 Former foreign editor John Felton conducts quarterly, independent, reviews of NPR's Israeli-Palestinian coverage. His third-quarter 2013 report is now available.
September 22, 2013 An al-Qaida offshoot has taken Azaz from Western-backed Free Syrian Army fighters, demonstrating the growing power of jihadists. Azaz, an economic gateway between Syria and Turkey, is now cut off.
August 26, 2013 American officials say there's little doubt the Assad regime used chemical weapons to kill scores of people last week. As U.S. Navy ships close in, analysts say it's likely that cruise missiles will be fired at Syrian "command and control" centers in coming days. The goal? Alter Assad's behavior.
August 22, 2013 Hosni Mubarak's fate remains in limbo, and it raises a recurring question about deposed dictators. Is it better to put them on trial and scrutinize their records, or is it preferable that they disappear into exile?
July 30, 2013 A White House official called it a "quick check-in." Media reports say the president reminded negotiators to exhibit good will.
July 6, 2013 Well-organized Islamist groups have risen to power in several countries in recent years. But their track record for governing has been poor overall, and the events in Egypt suggest they may be facing a backlash.
July 1, 2013 Amid the turbulent Middle East, Jordan remains stable — for now. But internal and external pressures are mounting. From within, a faltering economy and a popular demand for a say in how the country is governed. And from without, a flood of refugees from Syria that are straining resources.
June 26, 2013 In its latest effort to rein in the country's vibrant social media, Turkey says it has requested cooperation from Twitter and Facebook; they're not playing ball. Protesters are embracing social media — and the government has complained that such outlets won't share user data with law enforcement.