Iraq Prepares to Evict U.S. Troops
Pro-Iran factions are pushing for the move just as the Islamic State is starting to hit back.
Iran Is Mastering the Final Frontier
Tehran’s military is advancing ever farther into outer space—and the threat is bigger than Washington is letting on.
Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan
A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors.
Our Best Weekend Reads
This week, the world marked International Women’s Day, and the U.S. State Department canceled an award for a Finnish journalist who criticized Trump.
The Flame of Feminism Is Alive in Iran
While Western activists defend the right of Muslims to wear the veil, Iranian women are fighting for a bigger cause: choice.
How to Succeed in Iranian Politics Without Really Resigning
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif protested his weakness—and became stronger than ever.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Is Staying, but That Doesn’t Mean He’s Won the Battle of Ideas
Javad Zarif’s gambit paid off, but his attempt to be a bridge between Tehran and the West has become virtually impossible in the Trump era.
Will Iran Lose Its Last Link to the West?
If accepted, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s resignation may open the door to a new Iranian radicalism.
Iran Is Committing Suicide by Dehydration
The Islamic Republic’s corruption is draining the country of its most precious resource: water.
For Kurdish Smugglers, Iran Sanctions Are Starting to Bite
The kolbars brave subfreezing temperatures and border guards’ bullets to carry heavy loads over the mountains in an unemployment-plagued region that Iran’s government has all but forgotten.
Who’s Afraid of Saudi Nukes?
Riyadh’s reckless behavior foments widespread mistrust of its plans to buy nuclear reactors.
All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War
The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.
Meet ‘Charming Kitten,’ the Iranian Hackers Linked to Air Force Defector
Monica Witt fled to Iran and was indicted for espionage—alongside an Iranian hacking luminary.
Iran’s Economy Is Crumbling, but Collapse Is a Long Way Off
Things will only get worse under Trump’s sanctions, but China, India, and other countries are still defiantly buying oil.
Transformation in Iran Will Come From Women
On the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a former political prisoner assesses the prospect of change in Iran.
Will Iraq’s Old Divisions Undermine Its New Prime Minister?
In his first hundred days on the job, Adel Abdul Mahdi has hit entrenched political roadblocks to choosing cabinet ministers and changing a system of political patronage.
How U.S. Mission Creep in Syria and Iraq Could Trigger War With Iran
One previously unreported incident from 2017 illustrates the risks of Trump’s latest plan.