Middle East & Africa
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Why Israel’s Political Odd Couple Could Be Headed for an Early Divorce

Netanyahu might be seeing an opportunity to evade his corruption trial by dissolving his coalition and calling yet another election.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal at the White House in Washington on May 8, 2018.

Trump Misses Being Part of the Iran Deal

His administration wants to trigger the JCPOA’s snapback mechanism, but he probably can’t do that from the outside.

A protester confronts security forces during an anti-government protest at Parliament on August 10 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Lebanon Needs Transformation, Not Another Corrupt Unity Government

If the United States lets France take the lead, the Lebanese people will get more political paralysis, cosmetic reforms, and Hezbollah control of state institutions.

A picture taken on Aug. 9 shows graffiti on the wall of a bridge overlooking the port of Beirut, the site of the explosion which killed at least 154 people and devastated swathes of the capital.

Will Lebanon Rise From the Ashes?

After decades of living in denial, the country has hit rock bottom—but glimmers of a brighter future are starting to emerge.

A farm worker fertilizes wheat at Ivordale Farm outside Harare, Zimbabwe, on Aug. 1, 2018.

Don’t Give Zimbabwe’s Government Aid Until It Gets Serious About Land Reform

Land reform isn’t just about compensating white farmers whose land was expropriated. It must secure the property rights of Black farmers, too.

Newly released child soldiers stand with rifles during their release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on February 7, 2018.

The U.N. Secretary-General Is Letting Powerful Countries Get Away With Killing Kids

By removing Saudi Arabia and other serial violators of children’s human rights from the annual list of shame, António Guterres is weakening one of the U.N.’s most effective accountability mechanisms.

Lebanese protesters clash with security forces in the vicinity of the Parliament in central Beirut on Aug. 10, following a huge chemical explosion days earlier that devastated large parts of the Lebanese capital.

Lebanon’s Government Has Resigned. That’s Not Nearly Enough.

The Lebanese public wants answers and accountability for last week’s port explosion—not scapegoats.

Syrian police show seized drugs and Captagon pills in Damascus on Jan. 4, 2016.

The Islamic State Isn’t Behind Syria’s Amphetamine Trade

After a record seizure, Italian police blamed the terror group. It’s more likely the Syrian regime has a hand in production and trafficking.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and China's President Xi Jinping attend a meeting in Shanghai on May 22, 2014.

Iran’s Pact With China Is Bad News for the West

Tehran’s new strategic partnership with Beijing will give the Chinese a strategic foothold and strengthen Iran’s economy and regional clout.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Chinese President Xi Jinping review troops during a welcoming ceremony.

Trump Has Pushed Iran Into China’s Arms

Hard-liners in Tehran have called for closer ties to China for years. The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement gave them what they wanted.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visits Kirkuk to follow operations against the Islamic State on June 2.

Iraq’s New Prime Minister Wants to Control the Iran-Backed Militias. It Won’t Be Easy.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi is better placed than many of his predecessors to cement the Iraqi state’s authority, but independent armed groups are pushing back.

Hassan Ayad sticks his hand through concrete blocks as he is congratulated by a friend on his recent engagement while the two Palestinian men stand on opposite sides of Israel's security wall in East Jerusalem on September 23, 2003.

Oslo Is Dead, the Two-State Solution Isn’t

A two-state solution remains the only politically viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and, with the right Israeli and U.S. leaders, it can be achieved outside the Oslo framework.

A boy herds sheep in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq on Nov. 11, 2016.

Iraq’s Indigenous Peoples Can’t Face Another Conflict

Despite the Islamic State’s retreat, Assyrians fear for their security in the Nineveh Plains. They need stronger support from Washington and Baghdad.

Saudi-led coalition soldiers deploy to the outskirts of Aden, Yemen, on Aug. 3, 2015, during a military operation against Houthi rebels and their allies.

Give Up on Proxy Wars in the Middle East

The United States has the opportunity to reshape its alliances and bolster lasting stability in the region—but only by ending a failed approach.

The Iranian military launches a missile during a naval exercise on June 18. The Iranian navy successfully tested new short- and long-range cruise missiles, coinciding with a rebound in tension with the United States, which seeks to extend the arms embargo against Iran.

Document of the Week: U.S. Pushes Doomed Iran Resolution at U.N.

Trump’s Iran gambit is sweeping, punitive, and has little chance of success.

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