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A woman wearing a mask in Iran

Democrats Push Back on Sanctions, Citing Coronavirus Fears 

They want waivers to speed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Iran and other sanctioned nations hit hard by the pandemic.

A policeman wearing a mask in Herat province, Afganistan

As if Afghans Didn’t Have Enough Trouble, Now Comes the Pandemic

Thousands have crossed over the border from badly afflicted Iran, and authorities in the neighboring province of Herat say they’re not close to ready.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

The Untold Story of How Iran Botched the Coronavirus Pandemic

The government learned early on about the outbreak—but, from a combination of cynicism and ideology, decided not to do anything about it.

An Iranian woman walks past an anti-American mural on the wall of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on May 8, 2018.

Iran Knows Who to Blame for the Virus: America and Israel

The regime’s ideological army is spinning conspiracy theories even as it helps spread the virus among Iran’s long-suffering people.

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Coronavirus in the Corridors of Power

Which politicians and senior officials have the coronavirus?

U.S. President Donald Trump signs new sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the White House in Washington, DC, on  June 24, 2019.

If Trump Hates Obama’s Nuclear Deal, Why Is He Letting Up on Iran?

Iran is stockpiling enriched uranium and may soon receive advanced weapons from Russia. Trump has an easy way to tighten the screws.

Iranian firefighters disinfect streets in Tehran in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus on March 13.

The Coronavirus Crisis Is a Diplomatic Opportunity for the United States and Iran

Washington and Tehran could use the public health emergency to show goodwill, dial down tensions while saving face, and avoid a dangerous confrontation.

An Iranian flag flies in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant during an official ceremony to kick-start work on a second reactor at the facility on Nov. 10, 2019.

Will Iran Follow North Korea’s Path and Ditch the NPT?

As tensions escalate, Iran’s leadership appears to be considering withdrawing from the global nonproliferation framework entirely.

Demonstrators hold a poster of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in January 1979, in Tehran, during a demonstration against the shah.

Amid Darkness, There Is Still Hope in the Middle East

A rare book treats the region’s residents as empowered individuals who can shape their collective future, rather than portraying them as geopolitical pawns.

Algerians protest against former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power, in Algiers on Mar. 1, 2019.

Demise of the Petrostates

The oil price crash is an existential threat to petrostates from Nigeria to Iran, where governments rely on oil wealth to stabilize power and pay off competing interests.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a White House press conference on the COVID-19 outbreak on Feb. 26.

Truth Has Become a Coronavirus Casualty

From Beijing to Washington, governments have been muzzling scientists, inflating the success of their containment efforts, and discrediting valid reporting. Citizens have to fight back.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Iran May Be Eyeing the United States’ Soft Underbelly

When Iran takes revenge for the killing of Qassem Suleimani, history suggests it could happen in Latin America.

Iranian Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi wipes the sweat off his face, during a press conference with the Islamic republic's government spokesman Ali Rabiei in Tehran on Feb. 24. He confirmed on Feb. 25 that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, amid a major outbreak in Iran.

As Coronavirus Spreads, Iranian Doctors Fear the Worst

Iran’s political and economic isolation hasn’t stopped COVID-19—but sanctions are threatening to turn an outbreak into a catastrophe.

A U.S. airman directs Iranian soldiers carrying off a pallet containing medical supplies from a U.S. aircraft in Kerman, Iran, two days after a massive earthquake hit the city of Bam, killing 22,000 people.

Don’t Count on Disaster Diplomacy as a Path to Peace 

Displays of goodwill during public health disasters rarely lead to diplomatic breakthroughs with U.S. adversaries such as Iran and North Korea.

A demonstrator holds a flag of Donetsk People's Republic as he is carried by fellow activists dressed as zombies outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on March 17, 2015.

The United States Needs to Declare War on Proxies

The most important takeaway from the killing of Qassem Suleimani doesn’t just have to do with Iran.

A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks past a board displaying the Nikkei 225 Index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Feb. 25. Japan's stock market joined the global rout as fears of a prolonged economic hit from the coronavirus outbreak have chilled investor sentiment.

World Stock Markets Begin Betting on a Coronavirus Slowdown

Big declines in the United States, Europe, and Asia and an inverted yield curve indicate market players are starting to fear the worst.

Iraqi demonstrators lift a poster of premier-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi

Iraq Needs Regime Change Again

Musical chairs in the Iraqi parliament can no longer solve the country's problems.

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