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?
David W. LeschDavid W. Lesch is the Ewing Halsell distinguished professor of history at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad and Syria and the United States: Eisenhower's Cold War in the Middle East.
Russia’s use of next-generation surveillance and communications-blocking equipment is packing a growing punch.
Elias GrollElias Groll is an assistant editor at Foreign Policy. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, he received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he was the managing editor of The Harvard Crimson.
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.
As Russia continues its six-day old air campaign against rebels in Syria, a senior State Department official warned on Tuesday that Moscow’s actions were not only angering the United States, but the world’s most populous sect of Islam as well.
When public transportation became an outlet for radical creative expression. Reid StandishReid Standish is an assistant digital producer at Foreign Policy. A native of British Columbia, he holds a BA in international studies from Simon Fraser University and an MA from the University of Glasgow. He has lived in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine, where he reported on drug trafficking, environmental degradation, and the Eurasian Union.
Days after a motion for his impeachment was dismissed, FP sat down with Somalia's president for an exclusive conversation about terrorism, democracy, and whether his parliament has the right to ask him to step down.
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.