Iran’s Next Supreme Leader Is Dead
And it’s not going to be easy for the Islamic Republic to survive without him.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2019
As U.S. leadership fades, authoritarian leaders are competing to see how much they can get away with.
U.S. Sanctions on Iran Will Harm Iraq
Baghdad is heavily dependent on trade with Tehran. Without an exemption from Washington, Iraqis—and the stability of the country—will suffer.
Sanctions Are Just the Beginning for Iran
The economic blow to Tehran will be compounded if it fails to comply with global financial transparency rules.
A New U.S. Immigration Law Would Hurt Iranians the Most
H.R. 392 will help skilled immigrants from India jump the green-card queue—at the expense of everyone else.
Trump’s ‘Stunning’ About-Face on Syria
Bowing to Turkey, the U.S. president moves to withdraw all troops.
How Europe Could Blunt U.S. Iran Sanctions Without Washington Lifting A Finger
If the EU gives its special purpose vehicle for Iran trade a humanitarian focus, the Trump administration won’t be able to stop it without trampling longstanding U.S. exemptions.
Facing Sharp Rebuke on Saudi Ties, U.S. Points to Growing Iran Threat
The administration unveiled new evidence that Iran is supplying weapons to militants across the Middle East.
Iran and the United States Can be Friends
They almost were, and now Hassan Rouhani could help get things back on track.
ISIS May Be Gone, But Iraq’s Yazidis Are Still Suffering
The defeat of the Islamic State has created a power vacuum in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, leaving the Yazidi minority at the mercy of competing militias.
The App Destroying Iran’s Currency
Iranians are using the messaging app Telegram to spread fake news about the rial—and make a profit for themselves.
Trump Thinks He’s Helping the U.S.-Saudi Relationship. He’s Hurting It.
By avoiding a credible investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, dismissing CIA findings, and failing to take advantage of his negotiating leverage, the American president has imperiled the future of an important strategic alliance.
Trump’s Iran Sanctions Could Work
In the medium term, they’ll make it hard for the country to keep up oil production, satisfy domestic demand, and fund the government.
Shutting Out Iran Will Make the Afghan War Even Deadlier
Washington's hard line gives Tehran every reason to fund the Taliban.
Trump’s Magical Thinking on Iran Sanctions Won’t Advance U.S. Interests
Far from convincing Tehran to cooperate, new U.S. measures are on track to achieve the exact opposite.
Trump Waives Iran Sanctions for Turkey
How Erdogan could use the exception to outsmart the United States, again.
The New U.N. Envoy to Syria Should Kill the Political Process to Save It
A tougher stance from the United Nations would put pressure on Assad and Putin while improving the lives of ordinary Syrians.
In Cyberwar, There Are Some (Unspoken) Rules
A recent article argues that the lack of legal norms invites cyberconflict. But governments know the price of overreach and are refraining from unleashing their full capabilities.
Not Just Bombs but Economic Warfare
On the podcast: How a Saudi-led campaign has starved Yemen’s children.