The U.S. Can Deter Iran but Not Its Proxies
Rash action by Tehran-connected groups could provoke an escalatory cycle.
Oman’s Smooth Transition Doesn’t Mean Its Neighbors Won’t Stir Up Trouble
Regional rivals may see Sultan Qaboos’s death as an opportunity to pursue their expansionist ambitions.
Lebanon’s Halloween Government
Protesters are right—the extent to which the country’s new cabinet brings it closer to Iran is spooky.
Russia’s Role in the Libyan Civil War Gives It Leverage Over Europe
Russia has played all sides in the conflict to get a seat at the negotiating table. Now it wants an end to sanctions.
Qassem Suleimani Wanted U.S. Troops Out of Iraq. If They Go, ISIS Will Be Back.
The slain Iranian general helped defeat the Islamic State in Iraq, but his death is likely to unleash the sort of sectarian strife that Sunni extremists thrive on.
Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown
Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.
Oman’s Renaissance—and What Will Follow
Thanks to Qaboos’s legacy, Oman is better placed than many of its neighbors to confront the challenges that will continue to bedevil the Middle East.
Nervous U.S. Allies Brace for Iran Fallout
Gulf and European countries are eyeing Trump with trepidation as they fear more reprisals from Iran.
A Public Relations Disaster Overtakes Iran
With protests raging in the streets, the Islamic Republic finds itself on the defensive at home and overseas over its misrepresentations.
Iran’s Proxy Threat Is the Real Problem Now
Iran may call it a day after its token strike at U.S. forces in Iraq—but will its proxy forces?
Big in Japan, ‘Le Cost Killer’ Comes Home
Carlos Ghosn’s mysterious return to Beirut is met with mixed reactions from a country in protest and peril.
Who’s Afraid of Mohammad Javad Zarif?
The United States killed Qassem Suleimani. Why can’t it silence his defenders?
Middle Eastern Voices Deserve to Be Heard in Western Media
Coverage of Suleimani’s killing shows locals are still silenced.
Western Officials Believe Iran Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner
Officials indicate the disaster might have been a mistake made at the height of tensions with the United States after Iran’s missile launch at Iraqi bases.
Get Ready for More Mischief From Iran
An energy expert warns that Tehran will find new ways and locations to strike asymmetrically, maybe even in the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb strait.