Middle East & Africa

SitRep: Trump and Putin Chat; White House Staffers Rip Into Tillerson and McMaster

China keeps building islands, U.S. Army takes a hard looks at its Mosul operation

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on November 20, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

What Vladimir Putin Really Wants in the Middle East

A new book translates Russia’s fears and hopes for Syria, and the wider region, for an American audience.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley shows evidence intending to prove Iran provided Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms on Dec. 14, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Haley’s ‘Smoking Gun’ on Iran Met With Skepticism at U.N.

She claims 'undeniable evidence' that Iran is violating U.N. restrictions. But not everyone is on board yet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 14 (Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Praises, Defends Trump and Revs Up Own Re-election Bid

In his annual marathon press conference, the Russian president buttered up his American counterpart and cut loose from the party he once led.

(Cover of Illusions of Victory by Carter Malkasian. Publisher: Oxford University Press. )

Excerpt From ‘Illusions of Victory’: Here’s Why the Iraqi Awakening Broke Down

In Iraq, the U.S invasion toppled over society and let sectarian dynamics run their course.

North Korean leaders meet during the 8th Conference of Munitions Industry at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang on December 14. (AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: New Drama Over Potential Talks With North Korea

New report out on U.S. weapons used by ISIS; Senator blasts Tillerson

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 23 (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Israel Should Be Worried About Getting Into Bed with Trump

There’s long been a bipartisan consensus on support for Israel. That may soon be history.

A damaged circuitboard. (Flickr)

Learning to Fight When Screens Go Dark

If we woke up tomorrow and found that none of our laptops, iPhones, iPads, or personal assistants worked, what would we do?

Flanked by members of the U.S. military, President Donald Trump signs the National Defense Authorization Act on December 12. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

SitRep: McMaster Calls Out Russia, While Trump Squashes Russian Rules in Bill

Haley to offer evidence of Iranian meddling; another General sees victory in Afghanistan

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is seen in front of  buildings in the Old City on Dec. 10,  in Jerusalem, Israel. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Why Recognizing Jerusalem Is Good for Peace

Until the Palestinians realize that Israel is here to stay and start negotiating in earnest, it behooves Washington to signal that they are losing ground.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting the Chemical Material Institute. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Is North Korea Making Bio Weapons?

Russia sticking around Syria; How ISIS built its arsenal

Graffiti depicting U.S. President Donald Trump on the Israeli separation barrier between the West Bank town of Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Aug. 25. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Jerusalem: After 30 Years of Hope and Failure, What’s Next for Israel/Palestine?

The United States has forfeited its authority as a neutral broker. It may be time for the Palestinian street to have its say.

U.S. President Donald Trump with a proclaimation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s Jerusalem Policy Is More Ambiguous Than It Seems

And that's going to lead to even bigger problems down the road.

The U.S. capitol building on Sep. 27, 2013. (Getty Images)

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

President Trump can’t let the House and Senate play politics with Iranian nuclear deal.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks with Vladimir Putin in Cairo on December 11. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Putin Lands in Syria, Talks Defense Deals With Egypt

Another big resignation at State Dept.; Iranian missiles with American parts

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