Stephen takes a glimpse into what the new year may bring, and predicts which trends from 2013 will continue.
Stephen explains the ancient religious tensions undergirding the civil war in Syria.
Five Surprising Cultural Facts About Syria: http://news.discovery.com/human/life/surprising-cultural-facts-about-syria-130831.htm
The New Hama Rules: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/opinion/the-new-hama-rules.html?_r=0
Stephen weighs in on the Reza Aslan/Lauren Green debacle.
Stephen discusses the rising power of Turkey in world affairs.
Turkey is reversing years of antagonism with its Arab neighbors: http://www.economist.com/node/14753776
Stephen uses a homespun analogy in order to make a critical point.