Middle East

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, attend a ceremony marking the completion of the sea part of the TurkStream gas pipeline in Istanbul on Nov. 19, 2018. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war in Tehran on Sept. 22, 2018. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi participates in a G-20 Africa conference in Berlin on June 12, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gestures during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 13. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Donald Trump listens while Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi makes a statement to the press in the Oval Office before a meeting on April 3, 2017 in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Sisi Has His Own Jamal Khashoggi

It’s time to hold Egypt accountable for the U.S. citizens it has unjustly victimized.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Camp Alvarado after meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on July 9, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah group hold national, Palestinian, and the Shiite movement's yellow flags during a rally held in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Dec. 11, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

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.

A truck carrying Islamic State fighters who surrendered to Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as they are transported out of  Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on Feb. 20, 2019.

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.

Ayman Odeh (C), and  Ahmad Tibi (L), lead a demonstration by Arab Israelis against house demolitions carried out by Israeli authorities in Arab neighborhoods, in front of the Knesset  in Jerusalem on January 23, 2017.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump poses with sword dancers ahead of a banquet in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Salvage U.S.-Saudi Relations

Like it or not, Washington’s ties with Riyadh still matter.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech next to a model dinosaur during the opening ceremony of the Wonderland Eurasia theme park in Ankara on March 20, 2019. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Is Weak. And Invincible.

Turkey’s president has rarely been so unpopular. He’s likely to dominate this week’s local elections anyway.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace during a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Feb. 20. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi’s Middle East Deals Snub Iran

India's newly aggressive strategy puts Gulf money and Israeli weapons first.

Construction of the Faisal Mosque in the foothills of Margalla Hills of Islamabad, Pakistan, began in 1976 after a grant from Saudi King Faisal, whose name the mosque bears. (Muhammed Semih Ugurlu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Extremism Is Riyadh’s Top Export

Saudi Arabia is fighting for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought

An image grab taken from the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) on Feb. 4, 2008 shows a large rocket fired from the country's first space center in a desert in northern Semnan province. (AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Students demonstrate in Algiers, Algeria on March 12, 2019, one day after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his withdrawal from a bid to win another term in office. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign-policy chief, in Munich on Feb. 7, 2015. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

A tent in Manisa, Turkey, in which a Syrian refugee family lives is pictured in May 2016. (Valerio Muscella/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

From Refugee to Resident

Displaced people may live in host countries for decades. Here’s how to manage their stays.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the U.S. military during a stop at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, on Dec. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

400 American Troops Can’t Do Anything

If the president wants to withdraw from Syria, he might as well just withdraw.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel at the EU-League of Arab States summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on Feb. 24, 2019. (Laurie Dieffembacq/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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