Middle East and North Africa

An Indian soldier watches a British Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter at the United Nations' headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on May 9, 2000.

How Wars End

The shifting nature of war has made peacemaking more difficult. A new kind of back-channel diplomacy can help.

Billboards feature Mohammed bin Salman and Imran Khan.

Can Imran Khan Change the Course of Saudi-Pakistani Relations?

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is walking a fine line.

A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag near an electoral billboard for the predominantly Arab Israeli electoral alliance, the Joint List, depicting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a caption reading in Arabic "whom is he fooling?" in the mostly Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel on March 12.

How Netanyahu Learned to Love Israeli Arab Parties

The prime minister who once presented Arab citizens and political leaders as a threat has legitimized them as potential coalition partners.

Israeli security forces patrol outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 24.

Washington Has Enabled Israeli Extremism

Failure to condemn anti-Palestinian violence will only further it.

A protester carries a sign in the West Bank.

Israel’s Apartheid Doesn’t Make a Difference

A new report about the Israel-Palestine conflict is morally damning—and politically irrelevant.

A man types on his smart phone in Iran.

Outdated U.S. Policies Are Helping Iran Censor Its Citizens

Unclear guidelines and fear of sanctions are stopping tech companies from selling products that would help Iranians access the internet freely and evade government surveillance.

The Iranian governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi, leaves the venue of nuclear talks in Vienna, on April 6.

The Countdown to an Israeli War With Iran Has Begun

If Biden returns to the Iran nuclear deal, don't be surprised if Israel takes matters into its own hands.

A Saudi man talks on his cell phone under the shade of solar panel at a solar plant in al-Uyayna, north of Riyadh, on March 29, 2018.

Iraq Wants Aid, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE See Investment Opportunity

To help weather the coming energy transition, Gulf countries are plowing money in renewable development abroad.

Mohammed bin Salman meets Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

Why Mohammed bin Salman Suddenly Wants to Talk to Iran

Secret meetings have been going on at least since January, catalyzed by the specter of U.S. withdrawal from the region.

Men work at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Only Washington Can Save the Renaissance Dam Negotiations Now

Since Ethiopia has hampered negotiations, Egypt needs the United States to preserve its access to the Nile.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military parade.

Is History Coming for Sisi’s Regime?

The clearest perspective on Egypt’s current military ruler is offered by a dissident who has seen previous ones rise—and fall.

Members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps march during the annual military parade in Tehran, on Sept. 22, 2018.

Biden’s $90 Billion Bailout to Tehran

Rejoining the Iran deal could undo years of progress in the Middle East.

People wash clothes and rams in the Bani River in Mopti, Mali, on March 19.

How Climate Change Drives Conflict in Mali

Military solutions won’t end terrorism in the Sahel. Addressing the environmental factors destroying livelihoods and fueling extremist groups’ recruitment could.


Iran’s Hard-Liners Are Using a TV Thriller to Undermine Their Rivals

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-linked spy drama “Gando” is designed to discredit moderate politicians before the June election.

A worker walks inside of an uranium conversion facility March 30, 2005 just outside the city of Isfahan.

Israel’s Attacks on Iran Are Not Working

The recent sabotage of the Iranian nuclear program has been spectacular—and strategically incoherent.

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