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.
June 16, 2013 A string of deadly attacks that appeared to be coordinated car bombs and shootings has left at least 30 people and many more wounded across Iraq on Sunday
June 15, 2013 The interior minister announced Saturday that reformist-backed candidate Hasan Rowhani, a former nuclear negotiator, had won the election.
May 30, 2013 What's the most effective way to protest? Teenage Palestinian boys have a long tradition of throwing stones at, and getting arrested by, Israeli soldiers. Palestinian girls say they are no less patriotic, but most don't believe that stone throwing is the best way to achieve their goals.
April 18, 2013 An independent review of NPR's Mideast coverage by former foreign editor John Felton. He found the coverage to be generally accurate and balanced, but chided NPR for relying too much on Washington-based experts to explain events in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
March 24, 2013 John Kerry is urging Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to crack down on flights from Iran to Syria, which pass through Iraqi airspace. U.S. officials say Iran is shipping weapons to Bashar Assad's regime.
March 20, 2013 The Gaza Kitchen weaves little-known stories of Gaza food and farming among Palestinian home-cooking recipes. It's an effort not just to document the flavors of modern and historic Gaza, but also to start a new conversation about the place and its people.
January 18, 2013 An independent review of NPR's Mideast coverage by former foreign editor John Felton found NPR to be generally accurate, balanced and commendably cautious. However, much of the coverage failed to provide enough context. Questions like "Why is this happening now?" and "What does this mean for the future of the Middle East?" should have been asked more frequently.
December 11, 2012 The announcement, which was made on ABC, grants new legitimacy to the rebel coalition and marks a new phase in U.S. efforts against the Assad regime. Britain, France, Turkey and several Gulf Arab nations have already recognized the coalition as effectively being a government in exile.
November 20, 2012 Despite the diplomatic push and despite the rumors of imminent peace, there was no cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will head to Cairo to try to broker a deal.
November 19, 2012 The Arab Spring and its aftermath have radically changed the dynamics in the Middle East, and this makes this round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting different from previous battles.