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Al-Monitor's Year in Review highlights the events and trends that have shaped the Middle East in 2014.

2014-01-12 14:13:27

Terrorism key for Russia at Geneva II

Success in the talks would require cooperation between Russia and the United States and a special focus on terrorism.

2014-01-15 14:13:27

Gul calls for reset of Turkey’s Syria policy

President Abdullah Gul broke with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his Syria policy.

2014-01-16 10:10:26

Zarif's Lebanon trip a signal to Saudi Arabia

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Lebanon facilitated the formation of a Lebanese unity government.

2014-01-23 02:11:27

Al-Monitor at Geneva II

Al-Monitor's Editor-in-Chief Andrew Parasiliti followed negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva.

2014-01-31 14:13:27

Al-Qaeda poses front line threat to Israel

With instability in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, Israel found itself in the crosshairs of a reinvigorated al-Qaeda.

2014-02-13 13:55:26

Trendlines: Syria after Geneva II

The first web special by Al-Monitor and PBS NewsHour, hosted by Margaret Warner, discussed the future of the Syrian conflict after the Geneva II talks.

2014-02-21 14:13:27

Top women journalists on front lines

Al-Monitor profiled sixteen female journalists providing in-depth coverage and analysis of the Middle East.

2014-02-25 14:13:27

Syrian children war’s most tragic victims

Loss and suffering had become commonplace for a generation of Syrian children.

2014-02-26 14:13:27

Al-Monitor named IPI Free Media Pioneer

The International Press Institute recognized Al-Monitor for its commitment to independent news and support of press freedom.

2014-02-27 13:55:26

Corruption probe in Turkey implicates Erdogan

Tapes that surfaced of conversations between the prime minister and his son indicated massive potential corruption. Erdogan disavowed them as fakes.

2014-03-06 13:55:26

Saudi Arabia, Qatar divided

GCC countries recalled their ambassadors to Qatar, exposing tensions between two countries jockeying for regional supremacy.

2014-03-10 13:55:26

Congress Pulse launched

Julian Pecquet joined Al-Monitor, providing expanded coverage of Congress and the Middle East.

2014-03-12 13:55:26

Trendlines: Ukraine and the Middle East

The second web special by Al-Monitor and PBS NewsHour examined the blowback from the Ukraine crisis on the Middle East.

2014-03-14 13:55:26

Sunnis fight Sunnis in Aleppo

Pro-regime Sunni militias in Aleppo were fighting Sunni rebels, defying sectarian narratives.

2014-03-18 13:55:26

Gulf Pulse launch

Al-Monitor expanded to include a new portal featuring prominent writers and analysts from the Gulf states.

2014-03-19 13:55:26

Lebanese factions seek unity against terror threat

Lebanon's newly formed government may have found itself in a better position to stop the spread of terrorism from Syria.

2014-03-21 13:55:26

Erdogan shuts down Twitter

The prime minister’s move to ban Twitter was followed by the banning of YouTube in the latest threat to free speech in Turkey.

2014-03-27 12:29:11

Russia Mideast launches

Al-Monitor launched Russia Mideast, featuring in-depth analysis and reporting on Russia's role in Syria and the region at large.

2014-04-02 19:25:26

AKP triumphs in municipal elections

Despite leaked tapes and corruption allegations, the ruling AKP triumphed in the municipal elections, emboldening Erdogan for a presidential run.

2014-04-10 07:06:29

Lebanon gets new pulse

In the shadow of a civil war, there were signs that Lebanon may have been discovering a new social contract.

2014-04-15 14:13:27

Al-Monitor accepts Free Media Pioneer Award in Cape Town

A delegation of Al-Monitor contributors and columnists accepted the award at the International Press Institute's World Congress in Cape Town.

2014-04-24 16:37:54

Hamas and Fatah reach reconciliation agreement

Hamas leaders backed a reconciliation deal with Fatah, hoping it would end their isolation and Gaza’s crippling siege.

2014-04-26 23:21:41

Egypt's elections may still surprise

Though the outcome of the elections seems settled, there could still have been surprises from the campaigns of Hamdeen Sabahi and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

2014-05-01 07:57:42

Former US diplomat warns of possible 'grave mistake' in Syria

Ryan Crocker, a former US ambassador to Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, spoke to a DC audience about the dangers of military intervention and regime change in Syria.

2014-05-02 14:21:41

Hamas won't give up military wing

Hamas figures stated that dissolving the brigades is out of the question, creating a potential stumbling block for the new unity government.

2014-05-13 03:55:11

War-weary Syrians see hope in Homs deal

The negotiated withdrawal of rebels from Homs and the return of some of its inhabitants was a step toward ending targeted civilian violence.

2014-05-23 12:33:38

Egypt, Israel strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation

Israel and Egypt's new alliance structure is based on common security interests, especially with regard to jihadists in Sinai.

2014-05-29 05:33:31

House defense bill limits aid to Syrian rebels

In spite of the White House’s desire to increase US support for vetted rebel forces, the House version restricted expansion of aid.

2014-05-30 18:17:56

Syrian election shows Assad not leaving

Three years after the conflict began, the recent elections, while decried as illegitimate, were also a sign of the Assad regime’s staying power.

2014-06-03 23:10:11

Sisi wins in landslide but faces uncertain future

With a splintered opposition and deflated youth movements, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s election saw a low turnout.

2014-06-04 08:59:56

Arab Peace Initiative now Israel's best option

After the breakdown of the peace talks, the Arab League's 2002 plan should be considered again as a serious chance for peace.

2014-06-13 02:17:56

Khatib blames regional countries for prolonging Syria war

Former Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib said he was open to negotiations with the Syrian and Iranian governments to help end the bloodshed.

2014-06-13 12:26:22

Back Channel expands

Adding to Laura Rozen's reporting, Al-Monitor's Back Channel began to feature the latest developments from correspondents across the Middle East.

2014-06-13 23:13:16

Iraq’s Sunni divide may be too great

The lack of Sunni willingness to fight ISIS came as a result of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's failure to share power with Iraq’s Sunni communities.

2014-06-16 03:40:26

Three reasons Lebanon fears ISIS advance

After several security incidents, the Lebanese were concerned that their country may be the next target of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

2014-06-19 19:02:56

Can Syria help defeat ISIS?

The Syrian government, which has recently engaged ISIS in battle, might share an interest with the United States in defeating the terror organization.

2014-06-26 07:02:56

Allawi: US policy toward Iraq 'without a compass'

In an interview with Al-Monitor, former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi blamed the Iraqi government's policies for the army's failure.

2014-06-29 08:35:24

Russia sees Iraq instability as result of US Syria policy

Moscow saw the Iraq crisis as a vindication of its approach to the region's other crises.

2014-07-10 12:36:06

Barzani says Iraqi Kurds are keeping options open

The president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region isn't ruling out the right to self-determination if unification efforts fail.

2014-07-14 11:17:24

Egypt shows no sympathy for Hamas

Hamas' close relationship with former Egyptian President Morsi and alleged support of terrorism against Egypt have taken a toll on relations.

2014-07-17 10:18:22

IS uses Turkish Consulate in Mosul as headquarters

As the Islamic State holds the Turkish consul general and 48 others hostage, the group is ruling Mosul from the building.

2014-07-18 10:02:56

Iran, P5+1 extend talks

After progress was made toward a nuclear deal, talks were extended until Nov. 24.

2014-07-20 17:12:47

Gaza tunnels take IDF by surprise

Hamas' extensive tunnel network was revealed to be an ''underground Gaza'' hiding rockets, troops and protecting Hamas' leadership.

2014-07-21 16:53:06

Fighting begins in earnest between Syrian regime, IS

A deadly assault by the Islamic State on a regime-held gas field in Homs province has focused the regime's attention on the group.

2014-08-01 00:00:41

Middle East lobbying: the influence game

Al-Monitor published its series on Middle Eastern countries and their US lobbying efforts.

2014-08-04 23:55:12

A firsthand account of tragedy in Gaza

Asmaa al-Ghoul writes about the aftermath of an Israeli strike that killed nine members of her family.

2014-08-11 00:00:55

Islamic State reaches Lebanon's borders

The confrontation between the Lebanese army and radical Islamists opens a new front in the war against IS.

2014-08-14 23:54:20

How Haider al-Abadi became Iraq's next prime minister

Iranian officials helped lay the groundwork for the appointment of Iraq's new prime minister-designate.

2014-08-27 12:38:33

Regional rivals meet in Saudi Arabia to discuss IS threat

The attendance of Gulf nations, Jordan and Egypt and a surprise visit by Iran show that competing blocs have a common interest in fighting IS.

2014-09-02 10:40:30

Fighting on Golan border puts Israel on spot

Israel's varying reactions to opposition and regime forces highlight the difficulty in calculating what is in Israel's best interest.

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