The Syrian Kurds may not remain on the sidelines for much longer after being dragged into the uprising against the al-Assad regime. But their influence on the future of Syria and the Middle East is hard to determine. By Nick AmiesMore
As secular and Islamic groups prepare for Egypt's first free elections later this year, the unchecked rise of the Islamist Salafi sect is causing concern among Egyptians who fear its violent extremist agenda. Nick Amies reportsMore
Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's government has little to show for its first hundred days in office: the economy is still far from having recovered from the January 2011 revolution, energy prices are soaring, tourism is floundering and freedom of expression is not what it should be.