Iraq’s New Prime Minister Is Taking Things Slow
After nearly 20 years of political chaos in Baghdad, Mustafa al-Kadhimi is trying incremental reform.
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Southeast Asia is turning a blind eye to the Rohingya, Israel-Jordan relations are deteriorating, and Kataib Hezbollah is losing influence in Iraq.
Annexation Could Be the Final Blow to the Israel-Jordan Relationship
Twenty-five years ago, the countries signed a peace agreement based on mutual trust. But anger against Israel’s government is rising among Jordanians.
Bowing to Russia, U.N. Halts Funding for Pandemic Relief in Northeastern Syria
With Putin’s help, Assad has constrained the capacity of the United Nations to deliver health supplies in opposition-controlled territory, which faces rising risk of the coronavirus.
Inspector General Criticizes U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator
Report finds problems with morale and management that hampered U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in foreign countries.
A Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq
The Iraqi government is finally starting to make progress in its attempt to curb the influence of Kataib Hezbollah.
The United States Doesn’t Get Israel Anymore
It’s not Benjamin Netanyahu’s coming West Bank annexation that’s shocking—it’s Washington’s surprised reaction to it.
Why Gulf States Are Backtracking on India
Islamophobia is undoing years of New Delhi’s diplomatic gains in the Middle East.
The U.S.-Iraqi Relationship Is Coming to a Head—and That’s a Good Thing
After 17 years, there is little love left between Washington and Baghdad. Upcoming talks may be the last opportunity to save their dysfunctional partnership.
WHO Warns of Pandemic’s ‘Catastrophic Impact’ on Syria
But Russia blocks the reopening of a critical border crossing for humanitarian aid.
Can a Small Lebanese Town Become a Model for Conquering COVID-19?
The coronavirus hit Lebanon in the middle of an economic crisis. Unless the country can overcome rampant corruption and provide adequate social services, it won’t stop the pandemic.
Nobody Can Help Iraq Anymore
The country has another new prime minister nominee—but no new hopes of success.
Middle East Autocrats Target South Asian Workers
Hundreds of Nepalis and others have been deported under cover of the pandemic.
How the Bottom Fell Out of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance
A rocky marriage of convenience that has lasted since World War II could derail as oil markets crash and mutual mistrust reaches new heights.
Russia Isn’t the Only One Getting Its Hands Dirty in Libya
The United Arab Emirates, backed by France, is helping to fuel continued bloodshed in the North African country.
If a Torturer Switches Sides, Does He Deserve Mercy?
A Syrian official goes on trial this week for war crimes. His defense centers on the rebels who helped him defect—and now want nothing to do with him.
Iran’s Nurses Are Martyrs to Trump’s Maximum Pressure
The Trump administration’s sanctions have made it impossible for Iranian medical personnel to keep themselves safe amid the pandemic.
Yemen: The Perfect Target for COVID-19
A new report says the Middle East’s poorest country is uniquely vulnerable, as it records its first case of the coronavirus.