The U.N. Helps Syria Bomb the Opposition
A United Nations program passes on rebel coordinates to Russia. Its bombs do the rest.
Meet Israel’s New Kingmaker
Avigdor Lieberman could determine whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term. What does he want?
Transcript Shows That Kissinger Dreaded All-Out Israeli Victory in Yom Kippur War
Then-U.S. secretary of state feared too much winning would make Israel harder to influence.
Lawmakers Redouble Push to Stop Trump From Going to War With Iran
The U.S. president’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran is creating strange bedfellows in Congress.
Why Are Arab Princesses Running Away From Home?
From Princess Haya to Sheikha Latifa, our top reads on why the Gulf’s rich and famous want out.
Why the United Arab Emirates Is Abandoning Saudi Arabia in Yemen
With the war in Yemen stalemated, the UAE has started pulling back—leaving its powerful ally holding the bag.
Iran Owns the Persian Gulf Now
The Trump administration’s nonresponse to Iranian aggression has sent an unmistakable message.
Lebanon Is Sick and Tired of Syrian Refugees
The country has hosted the most refugees per capita in the world—and it’s now out of patience.
U.S. Senate Targets Saudi Nuclear Technology
The bipartisan bill follows the revelation that a longtime Trump advisor was pushing for lucrative nuclear deals with Riyadh.
How to Kick-Start Nuclear Negotiations With Iran (Again)
A single administrative act could put the Trump administration on a path toward a new nuclear deal with Tehran.
Our Top Stories of 2019—So Far
From a trade war with China to women’s rights around the world, here’s what has captured our readers’ attention in the first half of the year.
Who Lost Turkey?
The blame for Ankara’s antagonistic stance to Washington lies with both sides, a product of decades of misunderstandings.
Iran Overtures Are the Latest Setback for Bolton
Trump’s hawkish national security advisor may be losing credibility fast as the president pushes diplomacy, observers say.
Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say
The abrupt evacuation in May left hundreds of diplomats in limbo and too few in Iraq to handle Iran’s influence and other pressing issues, according to State Department sources.
Gulf-Israel Ties Might Not Survive Trump’s Peace Plan
A political program that does not envision statehood for the Palestinians could reverse the Gulf Arab states’ tentative warming toward Israel.
Assad Hasn’t Won Anything
After years of bloody warfare, it’s time to recognize what the Syrian dictator rules over: a chronically violent and chaotic failed state.
The Fairy Tale Is Over for Dubai’s Royal Family
Sheikh Mohammed's wife has fled her home—and that may just be the beginning of his troubles.