Middle East

A man sweeps up rubble in preparation for Christmas Day mass at the Mar Hanna Church near Mosul, Iraq, on Dec. 22, 2016. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Pence Plan to Target Aid for Christians in Iraq Sparks Concern

Aid experts fear the Trump administration’s focus on Christians and other religious minorities could do more harm than good.

(Getty Images/Zak Bickel illustration for Foreign Policy)

The Islamic Republic of Hysteria

The Trump administration’s Middle East strategy revolves around a threat that doesn’t exist.

An effigy of Iran's pre-revolution leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

A London Television Station Has Convinced Iran the Shah Was Great

Why are young Iranians demanding the return of the Pahlavi dynasty? Media-savvy exiles in Europe.

Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, attends a BRICS summit in Russia in 2015. (Evgeny Biyatov/Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images)

Nations Are Wielding Their Sovereign Wealth Funds as Tools of Power

Interconnective tissue binds Russia, Arab state-owned investment funds, and Middle Eastern countries undergoing rapid transformations.

Iranian students scuffle with police at the University of Tehran during a demonstration on Dec. 30, 2017.(Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Disingenuous Support for Iranian Protestors Has Backfired

A selective approach to human rights is even more harmful than “America first.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin dances at a festival in Saransk, Russia, on July 19, 2007. (Vladimir Rodionov/AFP/Getty Images)

Dancing to Russia’s Tune in Syria

As the United States stands back, the Saudis and even the U.N. special envoy are now open to a greater Russian diplomatic role in shaping the future of Syria.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

How Washington Helps Tehran Control the Internet

Meant to hurt the regime, U.S. sanctions actually make it easier for the mullahs to crack down on dissent online.

Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign event 
on September 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NeverTrump Doesn’t Owe Anyone an Apology

The president’s policy achievements can never make up for his destructive shamelessness.

Servicemen salute during the inauguration ceremony of the Aegis Ashore Romania facility on May 12, 2016. (Daniel Mihailescu /AFP/Getty Images)

Situation Report: Russia Slams U.S. Missile Defense Sale to Japan

Saudi blockade of Yemen taking a toll, Turkey buys Russian military kit

Haig Papazian, Carl Gerges, and Hamed Sinno, members of the band Mashrou' Leila, in New York on Nov. 1. After their concert in Cairo in September, Egypt intensified a crackdown on its LGBT community. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

2017 Was a Bad Year for Egypt’s LGBT Community. 2018 Could Be Even Worse.

Egyptian authorities are using a "debauchery" law to justify a crackdown on gay and trans people.

An overview of the second day of the Workers' Party of Korea. (AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: The North Korea Squeeze Is On

U.S. strikes in Somalia and Pakistan keep the Long War grinding on

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 21. (Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: How Moscow Did It

Russia pushing back against U.S. arms sales to Ukraine

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to troops in a hangar at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Dec. 21, (Mandel Ngain/AFP/Getty Images)

Situation Report: Big Pentagon Changes Coming in 2018

Trump transgender ban blocked by courts again, Pence in Afghanistan

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