Halkbank Indictment Turbocharges U.S.-Turkey Tensions
After a long, mysterious delay, the Trump administration finally targets the Turkish bank for helping Iran to evade U.S. sanctions. Don’t expect Ankara to cooperate.
How to End the War in Yemen
Since the September attack on Saudi oil facilities, Riyadh and the Houthis have taken a step back from all-out war. All parties, including the United States, should seize this rare opportunity to resolve the conflict.
Pentagon Chief: ‘We Are Not Abandoning the Kurds’
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision to withdraw troops from the Turkey-Syria border even while sending additional forces to Saudi Arabia.
Trump’s Use of Sanctions Is Nothing Like Obama’s
The White House’s aggressive deployment of coercive economic tools has given rise to a growing geopolitical backlash.
Saudi Arabia’s Self-Fulfilling Houthi Prophecy
The Yemeni minority group hardly had anything to do with Iran—until the Saudis got involved.
The U.S.-Iran Standoff Is Militarizing Cyberspace
Trump is keen on cyberattacks to retaliate against Tehran, but that could open Pandora’s box.
Trump Is Giving Iran More Than It Ever Dreamed of
Tehran’s retaliatory strategy was failing—until the United States started handing it a generational victory.
Despite Impeachment Probe in Washington, U.N. Business Carries on in New York
As Trump leaves UNGA, the meetings continue.
Refusing to Talk With Iran Is a Mistake
Donald Trump should use the U.N. General Assembly as an opportunity to open dialogue with Mohammad Javad Zarif.
For Many Iranians, Staying In the Nuclear Deal No Longer Makes Sense
Talks have little appeal because Tehran is convinced that Trump can’t be trusted to negotiate in good faith. And there isn’t much political support for observing what’s left of the deal while Washington wages economic war.
Trump Takes Center Stage at U.N. Summit
The U.S. president’s third UNGA address could be more toned down than before.
Iran Is Already Losing
Washington shouldn’t fall for Tehran’s trap and get involved in a conflict in the Gulf. Instead, it should stick to its current war of attrition.
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India-Pakistan tensions escalate, the United States accuses Iran of being behind attacks on Saudi Arabia, and the results of Israel’s election remain uncertain.
Iran-Saudi Crisis Resurrects an Old Question: Does the U.S. Need to Be There at All?
Trump’s reluctance to retaliate against Iran may reflect his belief that an “energy independent” United States no longer needs to protect the region.
In Muted Response to Iran Strikes, U.S. to Send Reinforcements to Saudi Arabia
Deployment will include missile defense capabilities and a “moderate” increase in troops.
Did the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?
The United Nations has long disputed that Washington has a right to block people from the New York headquarters—going back to Yasser Arafat in 1988.