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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani under portraits of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in a suburb of Tehran on June 3, 2014. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Elites Are Far More Fragile Than They Look

An Islamic Republic divided against itself cannot stand.

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 speaks about taxes at the St. Charles, Missouri, Convention Center on Nov. 29.
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This Is How Every Genocide Begins

Why Trump’s most un-American moment can’t be overlooked.

Government troops keep watch as bombed-out buildings are seen in what was the main battle area in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on Oct. 25, days after the military declared the fighting against IS-inspired Muslim militants over. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Philippines the Next Caliphate?

ISIS is looking to regroup, and is setting its sights eastward.

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Apocalypse, Soon: New Books on War, Plague, Famine, Demagogues, and the End of the World as They Knew It

FP staffers learn what really killed the Romans and why the 1930s should scare us to death.

A Saudi woman drives her car along a street in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah, on September 27, 2017. 
Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, state media said on September 26, 2017 in a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel.  / AFP PHOTO / REEM BAESHEN        (Photo credit should read REEM BAESHEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The King Hands Over the Car Keys

How Saudi women finally grabbed the wheel from the country's religious conservatives.

THAINKHALI, BANGLADESH - SEPTEMBER 25: Mayina Khatun, 80, suffers from depression and fatigue from her difficult journey from Myanmar one week ago September 25, 2017 in Thainkhali camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 429,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in Rakhine state as Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi downplayed the crisis during a speech in Myanmar this week faces and defended the security forces while criticism on her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. Bangladesh's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, spoke at the United Nations General Assembly last week, focusing on the humanitarian challenges of hosting the minority Muslim group who currently lack food, medical services, and toilets, while new satellite images from Myanmar's Rakhine state continue to show smoke rising from Rohingya villages.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

The Rohingya Are the New Palestinians

The plight of the Rohingya is a rare moment of global unity for Muslim countries. But will that be enough to save them?

WHAIKHYANG, BANGLADESH - SEPTEMBER 10:  A young girl is squashed as Rohingya refugee men sqabble as they wait for sacks of rice to be distributed on September 10, 2017 in Whaikhyang, Bangladesh. Recent reports have suggested that around 290,000 Rohingya have now fled Myanmar after violence erupted in Rakhine state. The 'Muslim insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army' have issued statement that indicates that they are to observe a cease fire, and have asked the Myanmar government to reciprocate.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

As Myanmar Cracks Down on Rohingya, Washington ‘Asleep at the Switch’

Washington opts for tepid rhetoric and behind-the-scenes diplomacy rather than confronting Myanmar over what some call “ethnic cleansing.”

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What a Just Immigration Policy Doesn’t Look Like

It’s not a system based on chance, it does not encourage our enemies, and it can’t be addressed in 140 characters.

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘War on Terror’ Is Now Targeting Saudi Shiites

Riyadh has decided its violent confrontation with Iran needs to come to the homefront.

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The Long Shadow of al-Andalus

Spain is on the periphery of Europe, but central to modern jihad.

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The Real Threat to America Comes From Americans

Just as the Arab world struggles to come to grips with jihadism, the United States has failed to grapple with its own demons.

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Jerusalem’s Forever Crisis

The epicenter of the Arab-Israeli crisis will always be the Temple Mount, where both sides struggle over ancient history and modern-day politics.

Zeina, who did not want to give her last name, takes part in a protest against US President Donald Trump outside the White House on February 4, 2017, in Washington, DC.  
The demonstrators protested US President Donald Trump's travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. / AFP / MOLLY RILEY        (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

Reza Aslan Argues: There Is No Divide Between Islam and American Culture

The American Muslim community is growing into a dynamic group — one that is firmly planted in the U.S. tradition of individualism.

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