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The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14.

Israel Needs Weapons to Stop Iran’s Bomb

Jerusalem needs help from Washington to prevail in a terrible conflict.

Supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr celebrate in Baghdad.

The Biggest Loser of Iraq’s Election Could Be Iran

Pro-Iran parties lost support, say they’ll reject the results, and are threatening violence.

Portraits of Islamic clerics hang in an Iranian library.

Tehran’s Harvard Incubated Iran’s New Government

The school’s mission is to find the most talented Iranians willing to serve the state—and give them access to power.

Two men sit behind a sign on a table that reads "Iran, Islamic Republic of."

The View From Iran: What the Raisi Administration Wants in the Nuclear Talks

President Ebrahim Raisi doesn’t consider reviving the nuclear deal a top priority.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

Iran Seeks to Fill a Middle East Power Vacuum

The United States and Israel worry the “Afghanistan effect” allows Tehran to covertly pursue nuclear capability.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the U.N.

Separate the Iran Deal From Regional Security Negotiations

U.S. allies have already taken the initiative on regional issues. Insisting on a package deal could permanently derail nuclear talks.

An Israeli Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter plane performs at an air show during the graduation of new cadet pilots at Hatzerim base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on June 29, 2017.

Israel Isn’t Strong Enough to Attack Iran

The Israeli government is ramping up its rhetoric, but political and military constraints are too great.

A close-up photo of Hossein Amir-Abdollahian's face.

Meet Iran’s New Foreign Minister: Qassem Suleimani’s ‘Soldier’

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is a staunch backer of Iran’s “Axis of Resistance.”

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif meets with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar of the Taliban

Afghanistan Is a Bigger Headache for Tehran Than It Is Letting On

Iran cheered the U.S. withdrawal but is nervously hedging its bets with the Taliban.

Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz (left) and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Israel Can Live With a New Iran Nuclear Deal, Defense Minister Says

But Benny Gantz also threatens military action if Tehran develops nukes.

Former Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law, now in exile in the U.K., speaks at a rally for Hong Kong democracy at Marble Arch on June 12, 2021 in London.

Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles

The U.S. democracy agenda can’t focus simply on supporting democratic governments.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari shakes hands with Saudi Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.

Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement Is Heading Nowhere

Both sides know their ongoing talks could improve the Middle East—and consolidate Iranian gains across the region. 

A man stands in a doorway

Taliban Takeover Seen as a Boon for Human Smugglers

Along one part of the Turkish border, hundreds of new Afghan migrants show up every day.

Iran's then-Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) of the Taliban in Tehran on Jan. 31.

Why Iran Will Welcome the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

Tehran’s Shiite regime has strategic, economic, ideological, and ecological reasons for backing Sunni extremists.

Raisi at a press conference in Tehran.

How to Make Iran Trust a New Nuclear Deal

Even if Washington can’t provide a guarantee that future administrations will maintain the deal, there are other ways to bridge the gap.

The Mercer Street, an oil products tanker, is shown off the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, on Aug. 3.

How Iran’s Deadly Tanker Attack Is Linked to the Nuclear Deal

Not responding to a drone attack off Oman could actually impair progress on a deal.

A Belarusian athlete arrives at an international airport.

The Geopolitical Stakes of Olympic Perfection—and Defection

The Tokyo Games have brought a surge of nationalism and laid bare the methods of autocrats like Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.

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