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Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative on Iran

Pentagon Steps Up Cruise Missile Defenses as Iranian Threat Grows

U.S. to expand network of spy satellites to better detect and track cruise missiles, drones, and hypersonic weapons.

Iran rials, pictured on April 11, 2011.

Iran Has a Bitcoin Strategy to Beat Trump

As the United States expands its sanctions, Iran has been ramping up its use of cryptocurrencies to get around them.

Protesters hold posters showing Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani during a protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul on Jan. 5.

The U.S. Can Deter Iran but Not Its Proxies

Rash action by Tehran-connected groups could provoke an escalatory cycle.

Anti-government protesters and riot police clash following the announcement of a new Lebanese government in Beirut on Jan. 22.

Lebanon’s Halloween Government

Protesters are right—the extent to which the country’s new cabinet brings it closer to Iran is spooky.

A view of the damage at Ain al-Assad military air base

More U.S. Troops Treated for Concussion Symptoms as Trump Downplays ‘Headaches’

Veterans criticize president for dismissing possibility that U.S. personnel suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran missile strike.

Members of Code Pink protest as Former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Jan. 14, 2020 in Washington.

Outrage Culture Is Ruining Foreign Policy

As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, U.S. politics is getting harder and harder to explain to the rest of the world.

Activists rally for climate action at Sydney Town Hall

Our Top Weekend Reads

Australia’s climate denialist media, a pro-independence mandate in Taiwan, and power-sharing returns to Northern Ireland.

Iraqi mourners gather at the Shaheed Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr Bridge in Basra, Iraq, on Jan. 7, 2019, as they welcome the body of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran.

Qassem Suleimani Wanted U.S. Troops Out of Iraq. If They Go, ISIS Will Be Back.

The slain Iranian general helped defeat the Islamic State in Iraq, but his death is likely to unleash the sort of sectarian strife that Sunni extremists thrive on.

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Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown

Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) with Britain's then-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (R), France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L), Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (2nd L) at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 15, 2018.

Europe Is Running Out of Time to Save the Iran Deal

After initiating a dispute resolution process, European leaders have a limited window to provide Iran with meaningful economic relief and seek to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Then-Omani leader Sultan Qaboos and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani review the honor guard during a welcome ceremony in Muscat, Oman, on March 12, 2014.

Why Oman Loves Iran

The special relationship between the two countries traces back to a personal debt incurred by Sultan Qaboos.

A picture taken during a press tour organized by the U.S.-led coalition shows U.S. soldiers clearing rubble at Ain al-Assad military airbase in Anbar province, Iraq, on Jan. 3.

The Iraqi Military Won’t Survive a Tug of War Between the United States and Iran

Sectarian tensions have already hobbled the force. The competition between Washington and Tehran could break it.

Members of Code Pink protest

Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes

Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.

Technicians work at the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor in Iran on Dec. 23, 2019.

The Iran Deal Is Not Dead Yet, but It’s Getting There

Europe’s decision to start the dispute settlement process may set the clock ticking on the deal’s ultimate demise.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Nervous U.S. Allies Brace for Iran Fallout

Gulf and European countries are eyeing Trump with trepidation as they fear more reprisals from Iran.

Protesters demonstrate against Trump’s Iran policy outside the White House on Jan. 7.

Praise for the Suleimani Strike Isn’t Based in Reality

The ideological architects of one of the United States’ most disastrous foreign-policy decisions—the 2003 invasion of Iraq—are spinning a tale to support Trump’s most dangerous move to date.

An Afghan man rests in the sun on the road inside the Shahid Nasseri refugee camp near the city of Saveh, Iran, on Feb. 8, 2015.

Why Iran Is Deporting Scores of Afghan Refugees

Caught on the border, many are vulnerable to extortion, abuse, and regional tensions.

Demonstrators marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown confront police during a protest along West Florissant Street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 11, 2015.

The Global Policeman Will Always Shoot People

Suleimani’s killing shows U.S. police and military power can’t be separated.

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