Middle East & Africa
A woman walks past a mural in Tehran on Nov. 6.(Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Trump’s Magical Thinking on Iran Sanctions Won’t Advance U.S. Interests

Far from convincing Tehran to cooperate, new U.S. measures are on track to achieve the exact opposite.

The shale oil revolution has brought boom, and sometimes bust, to places like Midland, Texas, shown here on Feb. 5, 2015. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Why American Oil Hasn’t Been a Total Game-Changer

The U.S. is now the world’s top producer, but Saudi Arabia still holds the key to crude prices.

Boys in their senior year at the Protection of Civilians Camp 3 study after class in Juba, South Sudan, on March 23. (Alex Potter for Foreign Policy)

For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic

When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shrugs during a press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Sept. 7. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

Trump Waives Iran Sanctions for Turkey

How Erdogan could use the exception to outsmart the United States, again.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar speaks to a group of volunteers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018.

Two Muslim Women Are Headed to Congress. Will They Be Heard?

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have won, but the battle for a new brand of feminism in the Democratic Party and within Muslim communities has just begun.

Iraqi protesters watch an official building in flames as they demonstrate against the government and the lack of basic services in Basra on Sept. 6. (Haidar Hohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Northern Iraq May Be Free, but the South Is Seething

The world has focused on rebuilding the country’s north after defeating the Islamic State while ignoring festering resentment and poverty in Basra.

A Syrian rebel fighter with the National Liberation Front watches towards the regime areas in northwestern Aleppo province on October 9, 2018. (Aaref Watad/AFP/Getty Images)

The New U.N. Envoy to Syria Should Kill the Political Process to Save It

A tougher stance from the United Nations would put pressure on Assad and Putin while improving the lives of ordinary Syrians.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to press at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 23. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pompeo to Tap New Envoy for Troubled Central African Region

Pompeo has reversed his predecessor’s policy of eliminating special envoy posts.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed gives a press conference in Khartoum on June 24. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Gives Sudan a Way to Come in From the Cold

The United States should stop listing Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, Sudanese foreign minister tells FP, as Khartoum seeks to boost its crumbling economy.

A Yemeni child inspects the rubble of a house in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa on August 11, 2016, after it was reportedly hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strike.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Are Starving Yemenis to Death

The world was rightly outraged by the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but the bombs of Mohammed bin Salman and his Emirati allies are killing dozens each day in Yemen.

Omani Leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said addresses the annual session of the Council of Oman in Muscat on Nov. 12, 2012. (Mohammed Mahjoud/AFP/Getty Images)

Oman Just Bought Israeli Insurance

Why is Sultan Qaboos cozying up to Benjamin Netanyahu? The answer is in Washington.

A member of the Metropolitan Police SWAT team patrols a movie theater before a showing of the film "The Interview" on December 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

In Cyberwar, There Are Some (Unspoken) Rules

A recent article argues that the lack of legal norms invites cyberconflict. But governments know the price of overreach and are refraining from unleashing their full capabilities.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump prior to the president's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017.

Trump First, Jews Later

Israeli government officials are helping to normalize the violent anti-Semitism of the Christian right.

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa (center), signs a document during a ceremony to assume duties at the prime minister’s office in Colombo on Oct. 29. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

Halfway Isn’t Good Enough on Human Rights

Myanmar and Sri Lanka were praised for minimal progress. Now it’s all falling apart.

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