Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Foreign Relations Committee chairman, discusses his opinions over whether the U.S. should strike Syria heading into Tuesday's hearings. Will the country be drawn in to a much larger conflict?
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Theodore Kattouf weighs in on Secretary of State John Kerry's statements on the crisis in Syria and the potential U.S. military action there. "This has to be done quickly; it has to be effective, but not to the extent it entangles us in the civil war," he says.
Military strikes on Syria present a complex set of possible outcomes, all of them disruptive for energy markets. But some scenarios are worse than others.
The U.S. should intervene in Syria but also needs to think very carefully about forcing Bashar Assad out of office, says Douglas Ollivant, New America Foundation, discussing America's response to alleged charges Syria used chemical weapons on civilians. And David Gordon, Eurasia Group, explains why the much bigger stakes in the Middle East are about nuclear weapons confrontation with Iran.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the crisis in the Middle East, and what would happen if the U.S. intervened in Syria. Jacob Shapiro, STRATFOR Middle East analyst, thinks "there is a very high probability there will be some kind of punitive limited strike in Syria in the next few days."
A car carrying United Nations inspectors was shot at "multiple times" by snipers on Monday as it headed to the scene of a suspected chemical weapons attack, the UN said. NBC News reports.
Egypt plans to use billions of dollars in aid pledged by Gulf Arab states to spur the economy through new investments, Finance Minister Ahmed Galal said on Tuesday.
Anthony Skinner, head of Middle East and North Africa at Maplecroft, says Egypt is very close to civil war as there is "no sign of reconciliation".
As tensions in Egypt continue to rise NBC's chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, looks at the events of the past 24 hours and speaks to people on the ground.
The death toll rises from violent clashes in Egypt between the armed forces and supporters of the deposed president Mohammed Morsi, leading some to warn the country risks sliding into civil war.
Scuffles broke out in Cairo on Tuesday as supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi clashed with security forces.
Jamie Ingram, Middle East analyst at IHS Global Insight, tells CNBC that the West will demand concessions from Iran before lifting any sanctions.
Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, says 'the country needs to be more open and transparent', NBC's Ann Curry has been in Tehran for his inauguration.
NBC's Ali Arouzi talks to CNBC about the positive messages coming from Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani and whether they can be turned into something tangible.
A day after the House passed tough new sanctions on Iran, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said he believes the Senate will also vote in favor of the bill.
Is President Obama putting enough pressure on Russia to get Snowden back to the U.S.? Rep. Eliot Engel, (D-NY) says he would tell "President Obama not to go to Russia" next month, and also discusses the House passing new sanctions on Iran's oil exports.
Congress is poised to increase the economic pressure on Iran and its nuclear program in a vote expected to take place late next week.
Egypt's stock market surged on Tuesday, despite the ongoing political crisis.
Mass demonstrations across Egypt on Sunday may determine its future, two and half years after people power toppled a dictator they called Pharaoh and ushered in a democracy crippled by bitter divisions.
Two people were killed when protesters stormed an office of Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, adding to growing tension ahead of mass rallies aimed at unseating the Islamist president.