Will Biden and Kadhimi Produce Platitudes on Iraq?
At the White House on Monday, the Iraqi leader needs a guarantee that Biden won’t use Iraq’s independence as a pawn in negotiations with Iran.
Iran and Israel’s Naval War Is Expanding
The collapse of Lebanon is intensifying a conflict in the Mediterranean that has mostly taken place in the shadows.
Iran Nuclear Talks Stalled While U.S. Waits for Raisi
Hopes for a fast deal—or any deal at all—are fading.
U.S. Strikes Point to Growing Iranian Drone Threat
Pentagon planners had been spotting Iran-backed drone attacks targeting U.S. troops for weeks before the strikes.
Was the Biden-Putin Summit a Success?
The White House set clear red lines on cyberwar, but don’t expect much progress in the months to come.
Why Raisi Is the West’s Best Hope for a Deal With Iran
Hard-liners would never accept an agreement signed by a moderate—but they’ll fall into line if it comes from one of their own.
Iran and Raisi Have a Legitimacy Crisis
After an engineered election, Iran’s new president may have little choice but to govern cooperatively.
Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks on a Hair Trigger
Tehran’s new hard-line regime still wants a deal. But even restoring the old agreement is now impossible.
Ebrahim Raisi Isn’t Who You Think He Is
Iran’s next president is a conservative obsessed with power—but less of a zealot than he seems.
Iran’s Election Is Unfree, Unfair, and Preordained
What a new president will mean for Tehran, Washington, and the world.
Khamenei Wants a Nuclear Deal Before Rouhani Leaves
Blame will go to the departing president while praise will go to his handpicked successor.
The Perils of the Iranian Presidency
Most meet unhappy endings. Here’s why Ebrahim Raisi might avoid a similar fate.
Why the United States Can’t Touch Iran’s Atlantic-Bound Warships
International law blocks direct action on sovereign vessels even if they’re violating U.S. sanctions.
The Islamic Republic’s Republic Is Dying
Iran’s presidential election next month marks a turning point for the country—for all the wrong reasons.
Ahmadinejad Has Bigger Plans Than Iran’s Presidency
The former Iranian president has officially exited the political establishment—in hopes of eventually replacing it.
Iran’s Biggest Problem Is Water
With supplies running out, water security could be the issue that finally makes the region’s countries work together.