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 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.
The U.S. Can Deter Iran but Not Its Proxies
Rash action by Tehran-connected groups could provoke an escalatory cycle.
Lebanon’s Halloween Government
Protesters are right—the extent to which the country’s new cabinet brings it closer to Iran is spooky.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Why Oman Loves Iran
The special relationship between the two countries traces back to a personal debt incurred by Sultan Qaboos.
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.
Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes
Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.
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.
Nervous U.S. Allies Brace for Iran Fallout
Gulf and European countries are eyeing Trump with trepidation as they fear more reprisals from Iran.
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.
Why Iran Is Deporting Scores of Afghan Refugees
Caught on the border, many are vulnerable to extortion, abuse, and regional tensions.
The Global Policeman Will Always Shoot People
Suleimani’s killing shows U.S. police and military power can’t be separated.