Middle East

Protesters hold posters showing Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani during a protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul on Jan. 5.

The U.S. Can Deter Iran but Not Its Proxies

Rash action by Tehran-connected groups could provoke an escalatory cycle.

The tiny village of Kumzar on the northernmost tip of Oman's Musandam peninsula on March 14, 2012, overlooking the strategic Straits of Hormuz.

Oman’s Smooth Transition Doesn’t Mean Its Neighbors Won’t Stir Up Trouble

Regional rivals may see Sultan Qaboos’s death as an opportunity to pursue their expansionist ambitions.

Anti-government protesters and riot police clash following the announcement of a new Lebanese government in Beirut on Jan. 22.

Lebanon’s Halloween Government

Protesters are right—the extent to which the country’s new cabinet brings it closer to Iran is spooky.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (right) meets with Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar (left) in Athens, Greece, on Jan. 17, 2020, ahead of a peace conference in Berlin aimed at ending the civil war in Libya.

Russia’s Role in the Libyan Civil War Gives It Leverage Over Europe

Russia has played all sides in the conflict to get a seat at the negotiating table. Now it wants an end to sanctions.

Iraqi mourners gather at the Shaheed Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr Bridge in Basra, Iraq, on Jan. 7, 2019, as they welcome the body of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran.

Qassem Suleimani Wanted U.S. Troops Out of Iraq. If They Go, ISIS Will Be Back.

The slain Iranian general helped defeat the Islamic State in Iraq, but his death is likely to unleash the sort of sectarian strife that Sunni extremists thrive on.

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Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown

Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said sits during a meeting with the U.S. secretary of state at the Beit al-Baraka royal palace in Muscat, Oman, on Jan. 14, 2019.

Oman’s Renaissance—and What Will Follow

Thanks to Qaboos’s legacy, Oman is better placed than many of its neighbors to confront the challenges that will continue to bedevil the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Nervous U.S. Allies Brace for Iran Fallout

Gulf and European countries are eyeing Trump with trepidation as they fear more reprisals from Iran.

Iranian students at Amirkabir University in Tehran protest

A Public Relations Disaster Overtakes Iran

With protests raging in the streets, the Islamic Republic finds itself on the defensive at home and overseas over its misrepresentations.

Supporters of Hezbollah hold placards calling for revenge for the killing of Qassem Suleimani in Beirut, Lebanon.

Iran’s Proxy Threat Is the Real Problem Now

Iran may call it a day after its token strike at U.S. forces in Iraq—but will its proxy forces?

Then-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn speaks during the beginning of the New York International Auto Show's press day in New York.

Big in Japan, ‘Le Cost Killer’ Comes Home

Carlos Ghosn’s mysterious return to Beirut is met with mixed reactions from a country in protest and peril.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks at an international conference.

Who’s Afraid of Mohammad Javad Zarif?

The United States killed Qassem Suleimani. Why can’t it silence his defenders?

A Yemeni artist sitting atop the rubble of a collapsed buiding, plays the aoud during a street performance in Yemen's third city of Taez, on December 6, 2019.

Middle Eastern Voices Deserve to Be Heard in Western Media

Coverage of Suleimani’s killing shows locals are still silenced.

Rescue teams near the site of a Ukrainian plane crash.

Western Officials Believe Iran Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner

Officials indicate the disaster might have been a mistake made at the height of tensions with the United States after Iran’s missile launch at Iraqi bases.

Iranian mourners carry a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decorating now-slain Gen. Qassem Suleimani during his funeral procession in Tehran on Jan. 6.

Get Ready for More Mischief From Iran

An energy expert warns that Tehran will find new ways and locations to strike asymmetrically, maybe even in the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb strait.

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