In Historic Deal With the UAE, Israel Is the Biggest Winner
And Saudi Arabia may well stand to lose the most.
Will Lebanon Rise From the Ashes?
After decades of living in denial, the country has hit rock bottom—but glimmers of a brighter future are starting to emerge.
The Islamic State Isn’t Behind Syria’s Amphetamine Trade
After a record seizure, Italian police blamed the terror group. It’s more likely the Syrian regime has a hand in production and trafficking.
Lebanon’s Government Has Resigned. That’s Not Nearly Enough.
The Lebanese public wants answers and accountability for last week’s port explosion—not scapegoats.
Document of the Week: U.S. Pushes Doomed Iran Resolution at U.N.
Trump’s Iran gambit is sweeping, punitive, and has little chance of success.
Iraq’s Indigenous Peoples Can’t Face Another Conflict
Despite the Islamic State’s retreat, Assyrians fear for their security in the Nineveh Plains. They need stronger support from Washington and Baghdad.
Iraq’s New Prime Minister Wants to Control the Iran-Backed Militias. It Won’t Be Easy.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi is better placed than many of his predecessors to cement the Iraqi state’s authority, but independent armed groups are pushing back.
Biden Bucks Progressives, Won’t Denounce Israeli Occupation
The Sanders wing has scored a lot of victories in the Democratic platform—but didn’t get all it wanted on Israel.
Beirut’s Deadly Blast Reignites Anger Against Lebanon’s Ruling Elite
Lebanese people, rocked by a massive port explosion, are fed up with incompetence.
‘This is Lebanon, This is Our Destiny’
A pair of gigantic blasts that obliterated Beirut’s port and smashed the city center is the last thing we needed.
Thousands Injured in Giant Beirut Blast
Lebanon’s government says “highly explosive materials” were stored near blast scene.
Arab Dictators Are Learning to Love Collective Punishment
Middle Eastern regimes increasingly aren’t just targeting dissidents—they’re going after their entire families.
Lebanon as We Know It Is Dying
The only political system the country has ever known is collapsing, and it’s never coming back.
The End of the Middle East’s Trickle-Down Economy
The flow of remittances from Lebanon and the Gulf to Africa and Asia has come to a sudden, and devastating, stop.
Democrats Can’t Allow Israel to Pursue Annexation Without Consequences
Israel could finally become a partisan issue in Washington—but only if Democrats put their money where their mouth is.
Washington Needs to Get to Know Jordan’s Next King
King Abdullah is young and healthy, but it’s never too early to introduce the country’s next ruler, Crown Prince Hussein, to key U.S. officials.
Russia, With an Eye on the Syrian Prize, Blocks Humanitarian Aid
A Russian-Chinese veto threatens lifesaving aid to starving Syrians—but Moscow doesn’t care what anyone thinks anymore.
Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan
Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernible strategy.