Start Small to Stop the Next ISIS
One year on from the defeat of the Islamic State, the new U.S. Congress should draw on lessons learned from efforts to counter violent extremism.
Lebanon Is Protecting Hezbollah’s Cocaine Trade in Latin America
The country's institutions are not a counterweight to Hezbollah, but its enablers.
The United States Has Not Lost Lebanon
Despite Hezbollah's strong election showing, American policies are working and Washington must stay the course.
Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?
Barack Obama did too little to curb the militant group, especially in Latin America. Donald Trump should do more.
Bibi Needs Trump’s Help Countering Iran in Syria
Restraining Tehran is in the interest of both Israel and the United States.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Eastern Mediterranean energy patch is hot — unfortunately, in more ways than one.
Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring
There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.
Iran Is Playing With Fire in Syria
The downing of an Israeli jet won’t fundamentally alter the Middle East’s strategic balance.
The Trump Team’s Blinkered Obsession With the Iran Deal Is Poisoning the Well
Opponents of the nuclear agreement have distorted the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Here’s Where Advocates and Critics of the Iran Nuke Deal Can Agree
Supporters and detractors alike should see an opportunity in Trump's threats to the accord.
It’s Time for the Justice Department to Hold Hezbollah Accountable
The U.S. government must answer tough questions about its efforts to stop the group’s drug trafficking activities.
Iran’s North Korean Playbook to Protect Its Nuclear Program
Tehran is building up Hezbollah as leverage against an attack by Israel.
Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East
And there’s no indication that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s bold moves, Saudi Arabia stands a chance of turning the tide.
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.
Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy
Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.
Is the ‘Jihadi Drug’ Moving Out of Syria?
The DEA says Captagon production is shifting back to Europe. Experts are doubtful.
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.
Some unhappy reasons for why we are on the verge of another war in Lebanon
Conversations with Israelis these days tend to end up in one place: casus belli.
Rogue Iran Is a Global Threat
Donald Trump is right to put Tehran on notice. But the nuclear deal is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Trump Administration Is Now Offering Cash Bounties for Hezbollah Leaders
The U.S. announced $12 million for two senior leaders, marking a shift in counterterrorism strategy.