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An Iranian woman prays as she attends Christmas Eve mass at the St Joseph Armenian Catholic church in Tehran on Dec. 24, 2016.        (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Turns Away Iranian Christians

Despite White House promises and U.S. legal protections for religious minorities, Washington rejects appeal for asylum from more than 100 Iranian Christians.

U.S. President Donald Trump brandishes a sword during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, speak to the media following talks in Berlin on June 27, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Europe’s Sanctions-Blocking Threats Are Empty

When it comes to Iran sanctions, the EU must satisfy Trump’s demands. Access to the U.S. financial system hangs in the balance.

An Iranian medium range missile passes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (center) during a military parade on September 22, 2017 in Tehran.

Length Doesn’t Matter

The United States and Europe need to get serious about limiting Iran’s missiles of all ranges — and the Missile Technology Control Regime should guide them.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) waits off stage before announcing he will not support President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal on Aug. 18, 2015 in South Orange, New Jersey. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Top Democrat’s Return Sows Uncertainty for Iran Deal

Iran hawk Bob Menendez’s reinstatement as top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee could alter politics around the nuclear deal.

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump burns during demonstration in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 11, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Team’s Blinkered Obsession With the Iran Deal Is Poisoning the Well

Opponents of the nuclear agreement have distorted the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Smoke billows over Mosul, Iraq, after an airstrike by U.S.-led international coalition forces targeting the Islamic State on July 9, 2017. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trouble Before the Storm

The past year gives no indication that Trump is ready for a military crisis in the Middle East.

Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington, D.C., on Sep. 9, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s Where Advocates and Critics of the Iran Nuke Deal Can Agree

Supporters and detractors alike should see an opportunity in Trump's threats to the accord.

U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Sound and Fury Has Signified Nothing

The president’s style has been unique, but the substance of his foreign policy is surprisingly familiar.

An Iranian man smokes a water pipe in the southern Iranian city of Chabahar on May 12, 2015. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Is Losing Its Jihad on Tobacco

The Islamic Republic's anti-smoking campaign is yet another example of the government's shaky control over its population.

A Syrian opposition fighter in front of Turkish troops near the Syrian border on January 22, 2018. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to Syria 2.0

The country’s civil war is over — and an entirely new one has started, with the United States at the center of it.

Turkish army tanks gather close to the Syrian border on January 21, 2018 at Hassa, in Hatay province.

How to Stop the War Between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds

Fighting between two vital U.S. allies will only strengthen Assad and Iran.

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