Middle East & Africa
The State Department's director of policy planning and new head of the Iran Action Group, Brian Hook, speaks during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s Iran Strategy Gets New Team

The new Iran Action Group reassigns one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes officials at the State Department to work on Iran full time.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei adjusts his eye glasses after voting at a polling station in Tehran on March 14, 2008. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Is Throwing a Tantrum but Wants a Deal

Despite its defiant warnings, Tehran will eventually negotiate with Donald Trump—as long as Vladimir Putin mediates.

Yemenis gather next to the destroyed bus at the site of a Saudi-led coalition air strike, that targeted the Dahyan market the previous day in the Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 10, 2018. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is Committing War Crimes and Doesn’t Even Know Why

The United States has spent far more time obscuring its role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen than in explaining any rationale for it.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the opening ceremony at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Is the First President to Get Turkey Right

Good riddance to the so-called strategic relationship between Washington and Ankara.

A supporter of Congolese leader Joseph Kabila holds a picture of the president outside Parliament in Kinshasa on July 19.

Did Kabila Just Bring Democracy to Congo?

The country’s strongman plans to step down, but the United States must tread carefully.

A man withdraws Iranian rials from an ATM in Tehran on July 31. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Ordinary Iranians Will Suffer, but Regime Insiders Will Profit

On our podcast: Journalist Jason Rezaian recalls life in Iran under sanctions.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner speaks at opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Seeks to Withhold Millions in Aid to Palestinians

Kushner hopes cuts will pressure Palestinians to accept a U.S. peace plan.

Members of the Israeli Druze community and their supporters protest against the Israeli nation-state law in Tel Aviv on Aug. 4. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

An Alliance Annulled

Netanyahu has antagonized Israel’s most loyal Arab allies and opened a new front in the country’s culture wars.

An engraving at the French National Library shows the ratification of the Peace of Westphalia in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 16, 1650. (Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Meet the Middle East’s Peace of Westphalia Re-enactors

Can a series of far-flung, high-level conferences bring peace to the Middle East by applying lessons from 17th-century Europe?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to members of the public from his car in the Presidential convoy on August 4, 2010 in Hamadan, Iran. (Photo by Iranian President's Office via Getty Images)

The Reincarnation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The former president was excommunicated from Iran’s political elite—but he’s using grassroots economic populism to revive his career.

WASHINGTON, :  Lt. Col. Oliver North (L), accompanied by his lawyer Brendan Sullivan, as he testifies before Iran-Contra investigators 14 July 1987, Washington, DC. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Kill a Presidential Scandal

Republicans smothered the Iran-Contra affair. The same might happen with Trump and Russia.

An Iranian oil facility on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf on March 12, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

Looming Iran oil sanctions pose challenges for U.S. energy policy.

Jay Sekulow attends event at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee on April 29, 2014.

For Trump and Co., Few Palestinians Count as Refugees

Trump’s attorney is among the activists trying to strip Palestinians of their status.

Zimbabwean police officials look at detained civilians as they stand in an armored vehicle outside MDC party headquarters in Harare on August 2, 2018.

Zimbabwe’s Opposition Is Under Attack. It Should Seek a Unity Government Before It’s Too Late.

Zanu-PF has proven time and again that it will resort to violence to stay in power. The MDC Alliance must pursue a coalition deal with President Mnangagwa, or more lives will be lost.

A vendor scurries for cover as soldiers disperse demonstrators in Harare on Aug. 1. Protests erupted in the Zimbabwean capital over alleged electoral fraud. (Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images)

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe Is Old Wine in a New Bottle

The government’s crackdown proves that the ruling party will hold on to power by any means necessary.

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