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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room in Washington on June 13.

Iran’s Carefully Coded Message

The recent strikes make clear that Iran’s enemies won’t be able to bypass it in the Persian Gulf.

Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani attends Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, Iran on Sept. 18, 2016.

The Islamic Republic of Recklessness

You might not think high-risk aggression is in Iran’s national interest, but leaders in Tehran have long disagreed.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek on June 14.

Iran in Retreat From Nuclear Deal

Plus: Hong Kong enters its second week of protest, Mexico begins its migration crackdown, and what to watch in the world this week.

A from Iranian news agency Tasnim reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control the fire from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

U.S. Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks

Plus: Expert committee convenes on Ebola, Boris Johnson inches closer to the prime minister's office, and the other stories we're following today.

A derrick pumps in an oil field in Kuwait on Jan. 15, 2003.

The United States’ Antitrust Laws Can’t Match Saudi Aramco

Congress should pass NOPEC to give America a fighting chance against oil cartels.

Tanks at the Saudi Aramco oil facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 23, 2007.

Oil’s Power Players

The United States may be a growing force in energy markets, but national oil companies still reign supreme.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8.

Turkey and Russia are Bitter Frenemies

The United States doesn’t need to fear their partnership. It will crumble soon enough.

The Saudi tanker Amjad was one of two damaged by sabotage attacks near the Emirati port of Fujairah, part of an apparent pattern of Iranian retaliation for U.S. pressure, on May 13.

Using Proxies, Iran Appears to Be Hitting Back in the Fight Over Oil

Experts believe Tehran is behind recent attacks on Saudi oil installations and vessels.

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, inspects an honor guard in New Delhi on Feb. 20.

Saudi Arabia Has Big Plans in India

With Saudi Aramco’s bid for a stake in Reliance Industries, the oil giant is looking to establish a permanent foothold in the South Asian country.

Iranian forces take part in National Persian Gulf Day in the Strait of Hormuz on April 30. Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the crucial waterway as a riposte to U.S. pressure.

How Dangerous Are U.S.-Iran Tensions?

Washington cites Tehran’s “warnings” in deploying a carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf. The question is whether the threat is real.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump share a laugh during a cabinet meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 18, 2018 in Washington.

By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America

Washington’s extraordinary unilateralism is cracking the foundation of its global financial power.

An Iranian laborer walks on the platform of the oil facility on Kharg Island off the coast of Iran.

Trump’s Big Iran Oil Gamble

By seeking to cut Iranian exports to zero, the U.S. president is taking a major economic and political risk.

Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) near a military compound in a suburb of Tripoli on April 9.

Khalifa Haftar’s Miscalculated Attack on Tripoli Will Cost Him Dearly

The Libyan general was poised to rise to power. Now his unnecessary assault on the capital is alienating key international backers and potential local allies.

Algerian protesters gather during a mass demonstration against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers on March 29. (AFP/Getty Images)

Algeria’s Bouteflika Is on His Way Out. Here’s What’s Next.

The longtime president may depart as soon as this week, but the country’s growing protest movement has not yet united behind one leader or policy platform.

Forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar patrol in the southern Libyan city of Sabha, on February 9. (AFP/Getty Images)

While You Weren’t Looking, General Haftar Has Been Taking Over Libya

Despite the drawn-out political instability plaguing the country, a negotiated rise to power for Haftar is not the answer.

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 7, 2018. (Greg Baker-Pool/Getty Images)

Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan

The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.

Local fishermen’s boats moor at Berbera port, in the breakaway territory of Somaliland, on July 21, 2018. (Mustafa Saeed/AFP/Getty Images)

For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits?

Interest in the Horn of Africa from foreign powers has always been a double-edged sword.

Nigerian President  Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar (right) shake hands during a meeting in Abuja on Feb. 13. (Sodiq Adelakun/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigeria’s Election Is Shattering Political Taboos

The issue of restructuring the country’s delicate federal system has long been off limits. Both candidates have now put it front and center, ensuring that reforms are on the way.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hold a press briefing at the White House on Jan. 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

How Trump’s Venezuela Sanctions Could Undercut His Iran Policy

The U.S. president takes direct aim at Maduro’s power, but the economic pain could spread.

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