Middle East & Africa
Masih Alinejad outside her home in New York in May. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Woman Who Defied Iran

On the podcast: Masih Alinejad took off her headscarf and started a movement.

Iranian protesters hold a portrait of the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Suleimani, during a demonstration in the capital Tehran on December 11, 2017.

Iran Hawks Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Pushing for regime change in Tehran could put Qassem Suleimani in power.

Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih, the architect of OPEC’s production restraints that drove prices higher in recent years, in Baghdad on May 22, 2017.

Proposed Law Would Allow U.S. to Sue OPEC for Manipulating Oil Market

Trump appears to favor the idea, but oil producers are already pumping flat out.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem on August  30, 2016. (Abir Sultan/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel’s Knesset Is Debating Democracy Itself

A new law before the Israeli parliament would demote Arabic as an official language — and undermine equality.

Masih Alinejad outside her home in New York in May. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

Those Who Dare to Bare Their Hair

Masih Alinejad is helping Iranian women challenge the regime — one hijab at a time.

Lior Raz, right, and Doron Ben-David play undercover Israeli operatives in Fauda, now available on Netflix. (Netflix)

The Occupation as Entertainment

The second season of the acclaimed TV thriller “Fauda” obscures the dark realities of Israeli rule in the West Bank.

Pouneh Mirlou illustration for Foreign Policy

Pride and Prejudice in Tehran

To understand Iran’s foreign policy, you need to learn a little Farsi.

US President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.      (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Sees Trump as an Easy Mark on Syria

Before their Helsinki summit, the U.S. president has given his Russian counterpart little reason to take him seriously.

A woman is locked up in a transparent suitcase reading "Stop Human Trafficking! 60 Years of Human Rights" on a luggage belt at the airport in Munich, Germany, on December 11, 2008. The Human Rights organization Amnesty International staged the action to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Putin Doesn’t Care about Sex Trafficking

Russia could have done something to prevent sexual exploitation of foreign women during the World Cup. It chose not to.

Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda during a protest against a controversial tax on the use of social media.

Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom

While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.

Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed (R) walks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (C) as an Eritrean delegation arrives for peace talks with Ethiopia at the international airport in Addis Ababa on June 26, 2018.

Ethiopia and Eritrea Have a Common Enemy

Abiy Ahmed and Isaias Afwerki are racing toward peace because they both face the same threat: hard-liners in the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front.

French writer, journalist and movie producer Claude Lanzmann poses in Paris on Feb. 11, 2016. (Joel Saget / AFP)

The Holocaust Existentialist

Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, dead at 92, showed the world the Holocaust through eyewitnesses.

Smoke rises above opposition held areas of the city of Daraa during airstrikes by Syrian regime forces on June 29, 2018.     (MOHAMAD ABAZEED/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Credibility Is on the Line in Syria

Trump must stick to his word and tell Russia to stop violating a critical cease-fire.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

At Helsinki Summit, Putin Likely to Rebuff Any Pressure From Trump on Syria

The United States wants Russia to help oust Iranian troops from Syria.

Pro-government forces gather south of the Hodeida airport in Yemen on June 15. (AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen on Brink of Catastrophe as U.N. Envoy Pushes for Truce

U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could be enabling the disaster.

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