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.
U.S. to Allow Some Iranian Oil Sales—For Now
With sanctions kicking in Monday, the administration still aims for zero oil exports from Iran but wants to avoid spiking price of crude.
What Would Reagan Do on Iran?
If Washington wants to pressure Tehran, the White House should stop alienating allies, empowering hard-liners, and harming regular Iranians.
Mohammed bin Salman Is the Next Saddam Hussein
In the 1980s, the United States embraced a brutal Middle Eastern tyrant simply because he opposed Iran. Washington should not repeat the same mistake today.
Here’s How Trump Should Prepare for Iranian Escalation
Once sanctions are back in full force, the United States needs to be ready for the worst.
Trump’s Blank Check Diplomacy is Remaking the U.S.-Saudi Relationship
The U.S. president wants to sweep discussion of the kingdom's involvement in Jamal Khashoggi’s killing under the rug.
Trump Can’t Put ‘Maximum Pressure’ on Tehran and Keep Gas Prices Low
Something’s going to have to give, and it will probably be the sanctions.
Can the U.S. Make Oil Sanctions on Iran Work?
Given pushback from friends and foes, Trump’s goal of zero Iranian exports is still far off.
Trump Should Calm Tensions With Europe Over Iran Sanctions
Here’s how Washington and Brussels can come to a compromise.
Saudi Oil Threat in Khashoggi Disappearance Seen as a Bluff
Trump lowers the rhetoric, sends Pompeo to Riyadh.
In Negotiations With Iran, ‘There’s Always One More Thing’
On the podcast: Wendy Sherman recounts the grueling path to the Iran nuclear deal.
How Trump Can Get a Better Deal on Iran
The United States needs to keep Europe on board, go beyond sanctions, and ensure lasting bipartisan support for its new policy.
The Road to Tehran Runs Through Oslo
Norway—and Oman—can help end the impasse over Iran sanctions by creating an externally-managed and guaranteed oil fund.
Tougher U.S. Sanctions Will Enrich Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
As the economic noose tightens on the Iranian economy, smugglers will thrive and the IRGC will be the first to profit.