Middle East & Africa
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a protective face mask inside a courtroom at the district court of Jerusalem on May 24, during the first day of his corruption trial.

Netanyahu Could Be a Statesman, but He Prefers to Be a Provocateur

Israel’s prime minister has always been Janus-faced. Any hope that his good side would emerge in a unity government is quickly evaporating.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden listens during a joint statement to the press with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010. While Biden has taken critical stances on Israel in his 2020 presidential campaign, he has stressed: “My commitment to Israel is absolutely unshakeable.”

Biden Resists Move Left on Foreign Policy

Though he’s eager to accommodate Bernie Sanders’s base on domestic issues, the presumptive Democratic nominee is still seen as a man of the past by progressives.

A banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future

Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

U.S. Unable to Monitor Military Aid to Egypt’s Anti-Terrorism Fight

Limits on U.S. visibility come as the Pentagon considers pulling out of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula altogether.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting in Managua on July 22, 2019.

Iran Is Working Hard to Revive Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America

Reactivating old alliances in America’s soft underbelly is not as easy as it seems.

An Iraqi fighter inspects the site of an Islamic State attack the day before on a unit of the paramilitary force in Mukaishefah, about 110 miles north of Baghdad, on May 3.

How Tensions Between the U.S. and Iran Ended Up Strengthening ISIS

American troops helped keep a lid on the Islamic State in Iraq. The Suleimani killing changed all that.

Protesters face police in Minneapolis.

African Leaders, Joined by U.S. Embassies, Condemn Police Killing in Minneapolis

In highly unusual move, U.S. diplomats in Uganda and Kenya issue public pronouncements expressing distress over the death of George Floyd.

Prisoners charged with belonging to the al Qaeda-affiliated MUJAO armed group are taken out of a jail at the gendarmerie in the northern Malian city of Gao while they wait to be transferred on a military flight to Bamako on Feb. 26, 2013.

Al Qaeda and ISIS Had a Truce in Africa—Until They Didn’t

The Sahel region was inching toward stability, but conflict between local jihadi groups is threatening to bring back chaos.

Kenya Face Shields

If African Governments Won’t Act, the People Will

With frustration rising over haphazard responses to the coronavirus, community networks are filling the void across the continent.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a peace summit on Libya

Pentagon Escalates Rhetoric in Libya as Russian Planes Arrive

U.S. Africa Command calls out Moscow for tipping the scales in a conflict the Trump administration has mostly sought to avoid.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after announcing a "phase one" trade agreement with China in Washington on Oct. 11, 2019.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Volodymyr Zelensky’s first year in office, the new Iraqi prime minister is choosing reform over revolution, and the challenges facing Israel’s new government.

A MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft is parked in an aircraft shelter at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2015.

Trump Inherited the Drone War but Ditched Accountability

Only a single formal check remains on U.S. killings worldwide.

US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, looks on during a briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on January 17.

Trump Administration Says Iran Could Exit Syria Amid Pandemic

The State Department’s top official for Iran thinks Russia and Syria see more benefits to a potential Iranian drawdown.

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