Why Is Saad Hariri Back in Charge of Lebanon?
An entrenched sectarian political system, self-serving leaders leftover from the civil war, and a protest movement more ambitious than organized seem to have set Lebanon’s revolution back where it started.
Same Old Hariri, Newly Traumatized Lebanon
After a year of chaos, a familiar face is returning to the top of a country that desperately wants change.
The UAE Is Turning Into the World Capital for Weapons Makers
Years of quiet development are finally paying off, and Abu Dhabi’s defense industry can largely stand on its own feet.
Assad’s Horrible War Crimes Are Finally Coming to Light Under Oath
A German court is exposing Syria’s systemic atrocities—and ending any hopes of international reconciliation with the regime.
Iraq’s Future Isn’t Oil, It’s Sustainable Electricity
As the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Islamic State insurgency, revolutionizing the country’s energy sector could be the key to long-term security.
Trump’s Foreign-Policy Adventures Haven’t All Flopped
For all the chaos, the Trump administration has notched some notable victories abroad. The question is whether they outweigh everything else Trump brought to Washington—and the world.
America’s Iraqi Embassy Is a Monstrosity Out of Time
The United States is threatening to close its outpost in Baghdad. It should have done so yesterday.
Coronavirus Is Pushing Lebanon Over the Brink
It’s time to add an uncontrolled outbreak to the country’s long list of woes.
The End of the Age of Insurgency
A wave of insurgent Islamism arrived in the West 20 years ago—and disappeared just as quickly.
Welcome to a Brand-New Middle East
Israel’s pacts with the UAE and Bahrain go far beyond the tenuous “cold peace” with Egypt and Jordan. They could even help end the conflict with the Palestinians.
Syria’s Forgotten Displaced Aren’t Equipped to Fight the Pandemic
The regime has restricted aid to those who fled Afrin in 2018, leaving them without test kits, basic supplies, or access to specialist care.
The Arab World Is Having a Jewish Revolution
The real achievement of the Abraham Accords isn’t geopolitical—it’s cultural.
‘We Have Nothing Here’: A Collapsing Lebanon Sparks an Exodus of Despair
A country that previously took in refugees could become an exporter of people as government ineptitude and an economic cataclysm destroy all hope.
Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’ Flouts Stereotypes About Iran
Apple TV+ premieres series by the director of “Homeland” that captivated Israelis this summer.
Palestinians Can’t Stand In the Way of Israel’s Regional Integration
Deals with the UAE and Bahrain demonstrate the Palestinian issue is no longer a barrier to Israeli-Arab cooperation.
Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower
The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?
Israel’s Peace Deals Are a Strategic Nightmare for Iran
The Abraham Accord is threatening decades of foreign-policy planning in Tehran.
Under Biden, the Middle East Would Be Just Another Region
The Democratic presidential candidate would stop sucking up to the region's autocrats, but he also wouldn’t give much encouragement to liberals.