Turkey: How Turkey’s position towards ISIS and the Kurds complicates the Middle East even further
Lebanon and the spillover from Syria: Note the population statistics, and realize that for all the Syrian refugees going to Lebanon, there are a lot more going elsewhere (Jordan, Turkey, and even EU countries).
Iran and Saudi Arabia: Friedman is always worth reading, and there’s some really good background info in this article
A small but noteworthy issue in the disputes between Israel and Iran:
Russia: Note the author’s qualifications; is his thesis correct in spite of his biases on the issue?
Greece and Germany: One side played a game and won – was that a good thing?
China: There are ways around government restrictions; this article explains one method.