Geopolitical dynamics are, by nature, fluid. Interests, leaders and types of government, value systems, and outside influence and interference will fluctuate depending on various criteria. In an increasingly connected world, it is possible to learn about breaking news from around the globe in real time. In this section, we will provide readers with access to significant developing and ongoing stories coming from the Middle East, especially those in which the United States has a stake. Linkages to material in the Middle East in Focus section can provide historical context and background so you can gain a fuller picture of what’s going on.

Current Affairs coverage includes Iran and the nuclear agreement; the Arab-Israeli conflict; ISIS; gender, society, and education; and commentary and analysis, though these are subject to change.