Russia Is Repeating Cold War Mistakes in Syria

In 1957, the Soviet Union’s ally Egypt intervened in Syria’s messy politics. It didn’t go well. Why does Putin think this time will be different?


Spy Planes, Signal Jammers, and Putin’s High-Tech War in Syria

Russia’s use of next-generation surveillance and communications-blocking equipment is packing a growing punch.


Israel’s Vanishing Red Lines in Syria

Russia’s intervention in support of Bashar al-Assad is making it a lot more difficult for Benjamin Netanyahu to keep the Iranian threat at bay.

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The Two Faces of Modern Iran

Massoumeh Ebtekar and Hossein Sheikholeslam both were radical Islamist students who took part in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Over three decades later, they’re political rivals battling to define the future of the Islamic Republic.

A Trip Through The Heart Of Central Iran 25 Years After Khomeini’s Death

Iran’s Identity Crisis

Both Washington and Tehran have insisted the nuclear deal won’t affect Iran’s political direction or the broader rivalry for power in the Middle East. They’re both wrong: The struggle over Iran’s place in the world community has just begun.



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