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A U.S. soldier in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 25, 2009. (Muhannad Fala'ah/Getty Images)

Israel Is Growing Increasingly Worried About the Trump Administration

As Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia rush to fill the vacuum of leadership in the Middle East, the United States is AWOL.

Hezbollah members reenact an attack on an Israeli tank in the southern Lebanese village of Khiam on Aug. 13, 2017. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Isn’t Going to Fight Saudi Arabia’s Wars

Don't expect Benjamin Netanyahu to put Israeli soldiers in harm's way in Lebanon on Mohammed bin Salman's say-so.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave a business leaders event in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

America Can’t Win Great-Power Hardball

As other countries rise, global stability depends on the United States holding onto its moralism.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C. on March 14. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Has Unleashed the Saudi Arabia We Always Wanted — and Feared

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put the Middle East on a collision course. And the White House will own the consequences.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sits  at a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis on April 19 in Riyadh. (Jonathan Ernst - Pool/Getty Images)

Meet the Next Generation of Saudi Rulers

Mohammed bin Salman knows he can't rule alone — which is why he's been quietly cultivating a group of young princes to serve his agenda.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on October 22. (Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: The Saudi Mystery Deepens

Air Force short 2,000 pilots, war drums with Iran, Marines on Syrian border

People in Riyadh watch a projection depicting a portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an event on Sept. 23 commemorating the anniversary of the kingdom's founding. (/AFP/Getty Images)

The Saudis Go for Broke Against Iran

Riyadh and its allies are aiming to use their financial leverage to remake the Arab world — but their strategy could just as easily backfire.

A Syrian man holds the Iranian flag as a convoy carrying aid provided by Iran arrives in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Sept. 20. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

Without a plan for countering Iranian and Russian interests in Eastern Syria, the administration could find itself in a very bad place in the Middle East.

Then-Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gestures during a press conference in Riyadh, on April 25, 2016.(Fayez Nureldine /AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Cracks the Whip

In a series of dramatic moves, Mohammed bin Salman aimed to cement his hold on power at home and raise pressure on Iran abroad.

An IRGC Raad air defense system on display in Tehran on Sept. 21, 2012. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Did Iran Sanctions Make the Revolutionary Guard Stronger?

Sanctions regimes aren't simple, and they only work when their negative secondary effects do not outweigh their primary achievements.

Senator Bob Corker speaks to the press on Sep. 9, 2015. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Corker and Cotton’s False Promises Would Push Iran Toward Nuclearization

The Republican senators want to keep the JCPOA while adding new restrictions. It won’t work.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) during a press conference October 25. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

SitRep: Senate Moving on Trump’s Pentagon Nominees

Drama among Navy brass, Iran rejects Trump meeting, Navy SEALs investigated in Green Beret death.

On this episode of the E.R.,  the panel discusses the Libyan Political Agreement.

Can Libya Be Put Back Together?

Six years after the fall of Qaddafi, Libya still teeters on the edge of chaos. Here’s why that matters.

The Missile Defense Agency tests a Ground-Based Interceptor  at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on June 22, 2014. (U.S. Air Force)

DoD Pushing New Missile Defenses as Existing Technologies Age

A major new review of the country’s ballistic missile defenses is wrapping up, and the president is promising “billions” in funding.

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