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Then-Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 opening ceremony in Hangzhou, China on Sep. 4, 2016. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C. on March 14. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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.

A U.S. Marine stands guard Apr. 14, 1993 from his position on an armored personnel carrier at a check-point in Mogadishu. (Eric Cabanis/AFP/GettyImages)

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.

Drugs seized by Syrian police in Damascus on Jan. 4, 2016. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the ‘Jihadi Drug’ Moving Out of Syria?

The DEA says Captagon production is shifting back to Europe. Experts are doubtful.

Then-Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gestures during a press conference in Riyadh, on April 25, 2016.(Fayez Nureldine /AFP/Getty Images)

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.

An Israeli soldier throws a grenade into a Hezbollah bunker during the 2006 Lebanon war. (Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Iranians hold posters condemning the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia at the funeral of the victims of terror attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 9. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Souvenir glasses with an image of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut, Lebanon. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Hezbollah fighters gather to watch a televised speech by leader Hassan Nasrallah in 2008 (JOSEPH BARRAK/AFP/Getty Images).

Lawmakers Target Lebanese Government Support for Hezbollah

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee issued a veiled threat to Lebanon over Hezbollah’s role in government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks a meeting with businessmen in Buenos Aires, on September 12, 2017.
Netanyahu, who is accompanied by a 30-member delegation of Israeli business leaders on his two-day official visit to Argentina, said Israel was an "innovation nation" eager to share opportunities with Argentina in agriculture, water, IT, cyber security and health. / AFP PHOTO / Eitan ABRAMOVICH        (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Netanyahu Finally Supports a Two-State Solution — In Iraq

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu redoubles Israeli support for Iraqi Kurds’ upcoming independence referendum.

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Lebanon’s Shining Island of Example Is Shrinking

A tolerant and diverse cosmopolitan center, Beirut is a reminder of what the Arab world could be again.

TOPSHOT - An Israeli army tank manuevers during a military exercise simulating conflict with Lebanese movement Hezbollah, in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights, near the Syrian border on September 6, 2017.
The drill will last ten days and simulate "scenarios we'll be facing in the next confrontation with Hezbollah", a defence source said, referring to the Iran-backed Shiite movement.  / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY        (Photo credit should read JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Has Launched Its Largest Military Exercise in Almost 20 Years

The drill is designed to simulate a future conflict with Hezbollah.

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Farewell, Lebanon’s First Brewery

A derelict beer factory stirs social divides in Beirut.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Is This the End of ISIS?

The Islamic State has lost the battle for Mosul. Raqqa will be next to fall. But is the so-called caliphate dead — and who are the winners?

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