Middle East and North Africa

Representatives of the European Union and Iran attend nuclear talks at the Grand Hotel in Vienna on April 6.

Israel Should Support Biden’s Efforts to Revive the Iran Nuclear Deal

Reducing Iran’s breakout time and restoring robust monitoring are the most urgent priorities. A return to the JCPOA can achieve these goals.

U.S. troops return home from Afghanistan

‘Bring the Troops Home’ Is a Dream, Not a Strategy

A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is a costly blunder and failure of leadership.

The headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is located in The Hague on April 4, 2018.

Don’t Kick Russia Out of the Chemical Weapons Convention Over Navalny

Doing so would be a death sentence for global nonproliferation efforts.

Lebanon's Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai in Bekerke, north of Beirut, on Feb. 21, 2017.

The Christian Priest Who Wants to Redeem Lebanon’s Sins

The country wants an end to sectarian strife. Can the leader of the Maronite church deliver?

A visitor touches an interactive display showing a projection of Aziz Kaddan, an Israeli Arab entrepreneur and the CEO of Myndlift, at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 3, 2019.

For Arab Israelis, the New Peace Treaties Spell Opportunity

The Abraham Accords are spurring Israel’s Arab entrepreneurs to bridge cultures.

U.S. Army troops from the 10th Mountain Division collect their duffels after returning from a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan to Fort Drum, New York, on Dec. 8, 2020.

What to Do With U.S. Forces in the Persian Gulf

As the United States leaves Afghanistan, the question of troops in the Middle East to support the Afghan mission looms large.

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Arafat’s Nephew Is Coming for Abbas

Veteran diplomat Nasser al-Qudwa could prompt a realignment within Palestinian politics.

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Is Leaving Afghanistan Misguided or Overdue?

Biden’s withdrawal announcement is meant to end a 20-year war, but Washington has been dragged back into conflicts before.

Protesters chant slogans during a rally in Amman, Jordan.

Jordan Has Become a Banana Monarchy

The country is imploding under America’s watch.

U.S. President Joe Biden leaves after speaking to U.S. State Department staff.

Biden to Announce Nominees for Key Diplomatic Posts

Experts and former diplomats want to see Biden pick up the pace on nominations to better compete with China on the world stage.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Jewish community leaders at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center to discuss the nuclear deal reached with Iran in Davie, Florida, on Sept. 3, 2015.

U.S. Mounts All-Out Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

Chief negotiator Robert Malley begins to forge a compromise with both Iran and hard-liners at home.

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­­A Hashemite Family Reunion Can’t Hide Jordan’s Woes

Making nice after an alleged coup attempt obscures serious challenges, including water scarcity, a refugee crisis, and unhelpful neighbors.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference at the International Conference on the Legal-International Claims of the Holy Defense in the capital Tehran on February 23, 2021.

Nuclear Sabotage Could Be What Iran Needed

This week’s attack on an Iranian enrichment facility has improved the country’s negotiating position.

Two girls stand at the entrance of a tent in an IDP camp in Syria.

Assad Regime Continues Stonewalling U.S. Aid to Syria

Syrian government is using aid deliveries as a weapon, State Department reports.

King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2019 in New York City.

Jordan’s King Is His Own Worst Enemy

There’s much more evidence of the monarch’s poor governance than a foreign conspiracy against him.

Taliban prisoners in the process of being released from Pul-e-Charkhi Prison, on the outskirts of Kabul, on July 31, 2020.

Biden Faces His First Disasters in Yemen and Afghanistan

Unless it changes tack, the administration is about to make bad situations even worse.

Israel's controversial separation wall runs between the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev (left), built in a suburb of East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp (right) on Feb. 11.

The ICC’s Israel Investigation Could Backfire

It’s more likely to inflame nationalist sentiments than change anything on the ground.

A car drives past a campaign billboard of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel’s Government Has Nobody at the Wheel

A cycle of deadlocked elections has left the country without a functioning administration—and a foreign policy set on autopilot.

Palestinian woman walks past election mural in Gaza.

The Return of Palestinian Politics

Elections in May will be the first since 2006—a remarkable but risky gambit.

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