Iraqi prime minister speaks in Berlin.

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.

Iranian supertanker Grace 1 is seen from a boat off the coast of Gibraltar on Aug. 15, 2019.

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.

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi smiles as he greets media representatives during his first press conference in Tehran.

Iran Nuclear Talks Stalled While U.S. Waits for Raisi

Hopes for a fast deal—or any deal at all—are fading.

A handout picture provided by the Iranian Army's official website on September 11, 2020, shows an Iranian Simorgh drone during the second day of a military exercise in the Gulf, near the strategic strait of Hormuz in southern Iran.

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.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin (C) leads U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet media during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart, Putin, for the first time as president in Geneva, Switzerland.

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.

Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi

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's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi addresses his first press conference in Tehran on June 21, 2021.

Iran and Raisi Have a Legitimacy Crisis

After an engineered election, Iran’s new president may have little choice but to govern cooperatively.

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi addresses his first press conference.

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

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.

An election rally for Ebrahim Raisi

Iran’s Election Is Unfree, Unfair, and Preordained

What a new president will mean for Tehran, Washington, and the world.

An Iranian woman walks past banners of ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran, on June 17.

Khamenei Wants a Nuclear Deal Before Rouhani Leaves

Blame will go to the departing president while praise will go to his handpicked successor.

Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi hold posters as they attend an election campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, on June 14.

The Perils of the Iranian Presidency

Most meet unhappy endings. Here’s why Ebrahim Raisi might avoid a similar fate.

An Iranian warship nears the Strait of Hormuz.

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.

Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi casts his ballot for the presidential elections at a polling station on May 19, 2017 in Tehran.

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.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, shows his inked finger to the media before casting his ballot for the parliamentary elections at a polling station on March 14, 2008 in Tehran, Iran.

Ahmadinejad Has Bigger Plans Than Iran’s Presidency

The former Iranian president has officially exited the political establishment—in hopes of eventually replacing it.

Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and Emirati Presidential Advisor Anwar Gargash hold a press conference after meeting in the western Cypriot city of Paphos, on April 16.

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.

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