Paul Iddon is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan who writes about Middle East affairs
Comment: Bolton's book shines a light on President Trump's crass dismissal of Kurdish sacrifices, writes Paul Iddon.
Over the last decade Russia has visibly expanded its military, economic and political influence in the Middle East.
Most of the countries that have restored ties with Damascus are motivated by their strong desire to undermine Turkey's objectives in the wider region.
Neither side in Libya's civil war can achieve a decisive victory.
Comment: IS will exploit any instability, including a potential humanitarian crisis caused by coronavirus, writes Paul Iddon.
Book Club: Soner Cagaptay charts the rise of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and how he sought to make Turkey a major power.
Saudi Arabia's decision to flood the oil market could do great harm to Iraq's economy, at a time when the country is already grappling with other major crises.
In-depth: From 1980 until now, the Iraqi capital has faced a series of conflicts, instability, and violence. This year marks 40 years since this cycle of violence.
Ankara wants to avoid siding with the US in any conflict with Iran or heeding Tehran's call for allies to join in opposition to American presence in the region.
Iraq is considering the purchase of yet more long-range missiles from Russia amid American and Iranian strikes on its soil.