Middle East

Yemenis gather next to the destroyed bus at the site of a Saudi-led coalition air strike, that targeted the Dahyan market the previous day in the Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 10, 2018. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is Committing War Crimes and Doesn’t Even Know Why

The United States has spent far more time obscuring its role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen than in explaining any rationale for it.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the opening ceremony at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Is the First President to Get Turkey Right

Good riddance to the so-called strategic relationship between Washington and Ankara.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner speaks at opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Seeks to Withhold Millions in Aid to Palestinians

Kushner hopes cuts will pressure Palestinians to accept a U.S. peace plan.

Members of the Israeli Druze community and their supporters protest against the Israeli nation-state law in Tel Aviv on Aug. 4. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

An Alliance Annulled

Netanyahu has antagonized Israel’s most loyal Arab allies and opened a new front in the country’s culture wars.

An engraving at the French National Library shows the ratification of the Peace of Westphalia in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 16, 1650. (Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Meet the Middle East’s Peace of Westphalia Re-enactors

Can a series of far-flung, high-level conferences bring peace to the Middle East by applying lessons from 17th-century Europe?

An Iranian oil facility on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf on March 12, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

Looming Iran oil sanctions pose challenges for U.S. energy policy.

Jay Sekulow attends event at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee on April 29, 2014.

For Trump and Co., Few Palestinians Count as Refugees

Trump’s attorney is among the activists trying to strip Palestinians of their status.

Crown Prince Of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman speaks during a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis March 22, 2018 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Is Weak, Weak, Weak

Saudi Arabia has started a crisis with Canada because it doesn't want to admit its own failings.

Iranians take to the streets protesting the country's economic woes and the government in Tehran on June 25. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Turns up Heat on Iran’s Economy, Adding Fuel to Massive Protests

Experts question whether the resumption of sanctions will help topple the regime or strengthen it.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner stands with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at a U.N. Security Council meeting on Middle East issues on Feb. 20. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians

In internal emails, Jared Kushner advocated a “sincere effort to disrupt” the U.N.’s relief agency for Palestinians.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels on July 11. (Tatyana Zenkovich/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Hits Turkey With Sanctions Over Jailed Pastor

The measure will further sour ties between two NATO allies.

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on June 28. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

‘It Could Have Led to a Nuclear War in the Middle East’

On the podcast: When Israeli extremists plotted to blow up the Dome of the Rock.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

The Summer of Israel’s Contentment

Politicians are exploiting a period of relative calm to gamble with the country’s future.

A satellite view of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait near Yemen on March 28, 2015. (USGS/NASA Landsat/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Iran’s Yemeni Proxies Put Oil Shipments in Crosshairs

A Houthi attack on two Saudi oil tankers near Yemen could be an Iranian bid to hammer a key energy choke point.

An Israeli soldier stands next to a sign on Mount Bental, near the the Syrian border of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on May 10. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Moscow Holds the Key to Peace Between Jerusalem and Damascus

Russia is more important than the United States in averting war between Israel and Syria.

A picture taken on March 1, 2018 shows a member of the Russian military police standing guard between the portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) hanging outside a guard-post at the Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus neighbouring the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region. (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Syrian War Is Over, and America Lost

Bashar al-Assad won. It’s worth thinking about why the United States didn’t.

Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih, the architect of OPEC’s production restraints that drove prices higher in recent years, in Baghdad on May 22, 2017.

Proposed Law Would Allow U.S. to Sue OPEC for Manipulating Oil Market

Trump appears to favor the idea, but oil producers are already pumping flat out.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem on August  30, 2016. (Abir Sultan/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel’s Knesset Is Debating Democracy Itself

A new law before the Israeli parliament would demote Arabic as an official language — and undermine equality.

Lior Raz, right, and Doron Ben-David play undercover Israeli operatives in Fauda, now available on Netflix. (Netflix)

The Occupation as Entertainment

The second season of the acclaimed TV thriller “Fauda” obscures the dark realities of Israeli rule in the West Bank.

Pouneh Mirlou illustration for Foreign Policy

Pride and Prejudice in Tehran

To understand Iran’s foreign policy, you need to learn a little Farsi.

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