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Iraqi Kurdistan is reveling in its newfound oil wealth and growing more estranged from the violent and dysfunctional central government in Baghdad. Yet statehood -- the ultimate dream of Iraqi Kurds -- will likely be deferred once again, as Kurdistan shifts from Iraq’s suffocating embrace to a more congenial dependence on Turkey.
The small island kingdom of Bahrain has emerged as a crucial test of the Obama administration's response to the Arab Spring. But Washington has been too passive so far: it has far more leverage over the ruling Khalifa family than it is currently wielding.
Saudi Arabia’s cross-border attacks on Yemeni rebels were meant to bring down an insurgency. But will they only make this largely ignored conflict even worse?