Middle East

A picture taken on Aug. 9 shows graffiti on the wall of a bridge overlooking the port of Beirut, the site of the explosion which killed at least 154 people and devastated swathes of the capital.

Will Lebanon Rise From the Ashes?

After decades of living in denial, the country has hit rock bottom—but glimmers of a brighter future are starting to emerge.

Syrian police show seized drugs and Captagon pills in Damascus on Jan. 4, 2016.

The Islamic State Isn’t Behind Syria’s Amphetamine Trade

After a record seizure, Italian police blamed the terror group. It’s more likely the Syrian regime has a hand in production and trafficking.

Lebanese protesters clash with security forces in the vicinity of the Parliament in central Beirut on Aug. 10, following a huge chemical explosion days earlier that devastated large parts of the Lebanese capital.

Lebanon’s Government Has Resigned. That’s Not Nearly Enough.

The Lebanese public wants answers and accountability for last week’s port explosion—not scapegoats.

The Iranian military launches a missile during a naval exercise on June 18. The Iranian navy successfully tested new short- and long-range cruise missiles, coinciding with a rebound in tension with the United States, which seeks to extend the arms embargo against Iran.

Document of the Week: U.S. Pushes Doomed Iran Resolution at U.N.

Trump’s Iran gambit is sweeping, punitive, and has little chance of success.

A boy herds sheep in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq on Nov. 11, 2016.

Iraq’s Indigenous Peoples Can’t Face Another Conflict

Despite the Islamic State’s retreat, Assyrians fear for their security in the Nineveh Plains. They need stronger support from Washington and Baghdad.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visits Kirkuk to follow operations against the Islamic State on June 2.

Iraq’s New Prime Minister Wants to Control the Iran-Backed Militias. It Won’t Be Easy.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi is better placed than many of his predecessors to cement the Iraqi state’s authority, but independent armed groups are pushing back.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks past then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as he prepares to sign the guest book at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010.

Biden Bucks Progressives, Won’t Denounce Israeli Occupation

The Sanders wing has scored a lot of victories in the Democratic platform—but didn’t get all it wanted on Israel.

A picture shows the destruction at Beirut port in the aftermath of a massive explosion.

Beirut’s Deadly Blast Reignites Anger Against Lebanon’s Ruling Elite

Lebanese people, rocked by a massive port explosion, are fed up with incompetence.

A man in a mask stands before smoldering buildings near Beirut's port on Aug. 5.

‘This is Lebanon, This is Our Destiny’

A pair of gigantic blasts that obliterated Beirut’s port and smashed the city center is the last thing we needed.

A general view of the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital of Beirut.

Thousands Injured in Giant Beirut Blast

Lebanon’s government says “highly explosive materials” were stored near blast scene.

An Al-Jazeera channel's journalist stands inside the defendants cage with his colleagues during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood at Cairo's Tora prison on March 22, 2014.

Arab Dictators Are Learning to Love Collective Punishment

Middle Eastern regimes increasingly aren’t just targeting dissidents—they’re going after their entire families.

Fishermen cast their nets from a boat at sunset into the Mediterranean sea in the area of Dbayeh, north of the capital Beirut, on Dec. 5, 2019.

Lebanon as We Know It Is Dying

The only political system the country has ever known is collapsing, and it’s never coming back.

An African domestic worker hangs laundry on the balcony of her employer's apartment in the area of Dbayeh north of Beirut on April 24, 2019.

The End of the Middle East’s Trickle-Down Economy

The flow of remittances from Lebanon and the Gulf to Africa and Asia has come to a sudden, and devastating, stop.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem on March 9, 2016.

Democrats Can’t Allow Israel to Pursue Annexation Without Consequences

Israel could finally become a partisan issue in Washington—but only if Democrats put their money where their mouth is.

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein (R) arrive for the opening session of the fourth ordinary parliamentary session  in the capital Amman on Nov. 10, 2019.

Washington Needs to Get to Know Jordan’s Next King

King Abdullah is young and healthy, but it’s never too early to introduce the country’s next ruler, Crown Prince Hussein, to key U.S. officials.

Syrians walk near a humanitarian convoy in Douma, Syria.

Russia, With an Eye on the Syrian Prize, Blocks Humanitarian Aid

A Russian-Chinese veto threatens lifesaving aid to starving Syrians—but Moscow doesn’t care what anyone thinks anymore.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil wave as they attend Friday prayers in Tripoli on Sept. 16, 2011.

Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan

Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernible strategy.

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