Iran

Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, addresses crowds remotely at a rally in Beirut on Dec. 11, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the Justice Department to Hold Hezbollah Accountable

The U.S. government must answer tough questions about its efforts to stop the group’s drug trafficking activities.

(Getty Images/Zak Bickel illustration for Foreign Policy)

The Islamic Republic of Hysteria

The Trump administration’s Middle East strategy revolves around a threat that doesn’t exist.

An effigy of Iran's pre-revolution leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

A London Television Station Has Convinced Iran the Shah Was Great

Why are young Iranians demanding the return of the Pahlavi dynasty? Media-savvy exiles in Europe.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani under portraits of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in a suburb of Tehran on June 3, 2014. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Elites Are Far More Fragile Than They Look

An Islamic Republic divided against itself cannot stand.

Iranian students scuffle with police at the University of Tehran during a demonstration on Dec. 30, 2017.(Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Disingenuous Support for Iranian Protestors Has Backfired

A selective approach to human rights is even more harmful than “America first.”

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

How Washington Helps Tehran Control the Internet

Meant to hurt the regime, U.S. sanctions actually make it easier for the mullahs to crack down on dissent online.

Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Weighs Sanctions to Punish Iran Crackdown

The president offers blunt support for protesters in tweets, but a pivotal decision on the Iran nuclear deal is looming.

Pakistani Rangers at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on August 14, 2016. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Has All the Leverage Over Trump

Why Islamabad isn’t worried about threats to cut off U.S. aid

Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign event 
on September 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NeverTrump Doesn’t Owe Anyone an Apology

The president’s policy achievements can never make up for his destructive shamelessness.

Iranian students scuffle with police at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Can Help Iran’s Protesters By Rejecting His Own Iran Policies

The first steps have to be international diplomacy, and lifting the travel ban.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amidst the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest in Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranians Are Mad as Hell About Their Foreign Policy

Tehran's adventures abroad have triggered anger at home. Here's how American foreign policy can step up.

A demonstrator catches fire, after the gas tank of a police motorbike exploded, during clashes in a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018

From North Korea to Venezuela, here are the conflicts to watch in 2018.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a joint press conference in Brussels on Dec. 5. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S.-EU Obligations Should Cut Both Ways in 2018

The United States should be able to count on Europe’s help in isolating Iran.

Palestinian and Lebanese protestors wave the yellow Hezbollah flags during a demonstration in Lebanon's southern border town of Naqura on Dec. 21,  to denounce the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s North Korean Playbook to Protect Its Nuclear Program

Tehran is building up Hezbollah as leverage against an attack by Israel.

Muslim worshippers perform Friday noon prayer near the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem's Old City's al-Aqsa mosque compound on Dec. 22, 2017. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestine Is a Victim of the Iranian-Saudi War

The two regional powerhouses are more focused on fighting each other than challenging Trump's Jerusalem decision.

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