Russia’s Gas Web Ensnares Europe
New pipeline projects throughout the Middle East could boost Russian influence there while also ensuring the country’s role as the prime supplier of energy to Europe.
The Revolutionary Guards Are Ready to Strike Back
The Trump administration has labeled Iran’s most powerful military branch a terrorist organization—and put Americans around the world in danger.
Lawmakers Warn Egyptian Leader Over Human Rights Abuses
A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter directly to Sisi that appeared to suggest security assistance could be in jeopardy.
Iran’s Zarif Can’t Catch a Break
By designating the IRGC a terrorist group, Trump has put the heat on the United States’ one potential ally in Tehran.
Sisi Has His Own Jamal Khashoggi
It’s time to hold Egypt accountable for the U.S. citizens it has unjustly victimized.
U.S. Eyes Plans to Cut Diplomatic Staff in Afghanistan, Iraq
Officials say it's time to shift diplomatic resources to countering China and Russia.
The Trump Administration Is Making Hezbollah Stronger
By threatening collective punishment over Lebanon’s most disruptive force, Washington is weakening the rest of its society.
ISIS Has Not Been Defeated. It’s Alive and Well in Southern Syria.
While Washington celebrates victory, the Islamic State is regrouping, and the Assad regime is letting it happen.
Israel’s Arab Parties Aren’t All the Same
Benjamin Netanyahu wants to portray all Israeli Arab politicians as an existential threat. If his opponents are wise, they’ll distinguish among them and pave the way for a winning coalition.
Trump Should Salvage U.S.-Saudi Relations
Like it or not, Washington’s ties with Riyadh still matter.
Erdogan Is Weak. And Invincible.
Turkey’s president has rarely been so unpopular. He’s likely to dominate this week’s local elections anyway.
Modi’s Middle East Deals Snub Iran
India's newly aggressive strategy puts Gulf money and Israeli weapons first.
Extremism Is Riyadh’s Top Export
Saudi Arabia is fighting for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought
Iran Is Mastering the Final Frontier
Tehran’s military is advancing ever farther into outer space—and the threat is bigger than Washington is letting on.
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Algeria
The Middle East’s latest protests seem like the Arab Spring all over again. That’s no reason for optimism.
Europe Doesn’t Even Agree on Assad Anymore
The latest issue to divide the EU is whether to recognize the legitimacy of Syria’s dictator and help him rebuild his country.
From Refugee to Resident
Displaced people may live in host countries for decades. Here’s how to manage their stays.
400 American Troops Can’t Do Anything
If the president wants to withdraw from Syria, he might as well just withdraw.
The West Needs to Take the Politics of Women in ISIS Seriously
Victim narratives and sensationalist reporting undermine female fighters’ agency.
Europe Isn’t Realistic. It’s Weak.
The EU has committed to outsourcing its dirty work to authoritarians in the Middle East and Africa—and to confusing dependence for maturity.