The World This Weekend
Iran’s saber-rattling falls flat, and Alabama’s anti-abortion law echos Romania’s past.
Why Pompeo Flew to Baghdad in a Hurry
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi says the U.S. secretary of state was informed of Iranian missiles at an Iraqi base.
Iraq Is Not an Iranian Vassal State
These days, Tehran is having trouble getting what it wants from its neighbor—a development Washington can encourage by backing off.
Iran Is Scaring Off Its Friends, Too
Even Tehran’s sympathizers in Europe and Asia are leery of its latest shifts in policy.
Huawei Ban Takes Effect
The U.S. ban of Huawei escalates the trade war with China, government and opposition representatives for Venezuela return to the negotiating table, and U.S. lawmakers fear skewed intelligence on Iran.
More Democrats Accuse Trump of Inflating Iran Intelligence
A new congressional letter raises fears of stumbling into war.
Sudan’s Transition Talks Suspended
The transition in Sudan is put on hold amid violence, Europe balks at the U.S. military response to Iran, and the United States hits Chinese firm Huawei with sanctions.
The Hidden Sources of Iranian Strength
Iran’s ties with its proxies are far deeper than the Trump administration understands.
U.S. Hard-line Stance on Iran Rattles Allies
As Trump’s national security team barrels toward a confrontation in the Persian Gulf, Europe is starting to balk.
A Global Call to End Online Extremism
Government leaders and tech companies convene to combat violent extremism online, an ongoing curfew amid violence in Sri Lanka, and the crackdown on Venezuela’s opposition continues.
How Pro-Iran Hackers Spoofed FP and the News Media
Fake news articles and tweets sought to cast Saudi Arabia and other rivals of Tehran in a bad light.
Using Proxies, Iran Appears to Be Hitting Back in the Fight Over Oil
Experts believe Tehran is behind recent attacks on Saudi oil installations and vessels.
Pompeo Goes to Russia
Mike Pompeo meets his counterpart in Russia, violence flares as the military and protesters hash out a transitional government in Sudan, and the U.S.-China trade war rumbles on.
Iranians Will Tolerate Hardship but Not Capitulation
Tehran’s recent nuclear policy announcements were driven by the inescapable constraints of domestic politics.
Iran Still Doesn’t Want an Escalation
The country may have threatened to walk away from the nuclear deal, but its actions say it may be prepared to stay.
Iran’s Rhetoric Heats Up
Iran responds to U.S. military presence in the Gulf, China and the United States reach a deadlock in the trade war, and what to watch in the world this week.
The World This Weekend
U.S. relations with Iran continued to unravel as South Africa went to the polls.
‘Everything Is Calm, and People Are Happy’
So says Iraq’s new electricity minister a year after blackouts sparked violent riots across the country.
There Is Still Time for Diplomacy With Iran
The risk of war has risen. But a diplomatic solution remains likely.
‘We May Be Moving Toward a Military Confrontation’
Sen. Angus King warns of the danger of the Trump administration’s latest actions against Iran and the continued threat from the Islamic State.