In Depth: Middle East and Germany

13 Sep 2017

Migration Summit Yields Some Optimism, But Success Depends on Libya

Europe’s Big Four recently met with leaders from Libya, Chad, and Niger to discuss migration. Their efforts may improve the crisis, but all long-term success will depend on Libya.
1 Sep 2015

Europe’s Vulnerable Trains

Last September the Islamic State threatened the West, but the EU still needs to improve security for trains and stations, where security is far more lax and the public more vulnerable.
27 Feb 2013

In Plain Sight: The Kremlin’s London Lobby

The London-based Conservative Friends of Russia flamed out as quickly as it flared up last year, but its crash exposed the Russian Embassy’s unseemly (and ongoing) effort to coddle Tory politicians.
26 Apr 2012

Israel and Iran: The Grounds for an Israeli Attack

Given Washington’s current reluctance to use military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Western leaders should at least grant that Israeli action is justifiable.
1 Jul 2010

Smile and Smile: Turkey's Feel-Good Foreign Policy

What do you get when a country uses emotional truth rather than factual evidence to gauge reality? For starters, have you seen any of the headlines from Turkey this year?
1 Sep 2009

The Big Story: Our Embattled Media

News coverage of the Iraq War will be studied by future journalists and officers alike. ABC's Marcus Wilford offers an initial assessment of what worked—and what didn't.
1 Mar 2011

Decision Time: The Dueling Memoirs of Gerhard Schröder and George W. Bush

In his memoir, President Bush recalls a 2002 meeting in which Chancellor Schröder vowed to support the Iraq War. Schröder says that Bush is “not telling the truth.” If only he had the same standards for his own memoir.
1 Jan 2011

Spoiler Alert: What Syria's President Really Wants

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wants to play every one of his neighbors (not to mention the West) for all they're worth.
25 Jun 2012

Divining Iran

James Kirchick's blog "In an era of transparency, countries that close themselves off from the flow of information should lose the benefit of the doubt about their intentions," writes Gordon Crovitz ...

11 May 2012


be aware that Tunisia, an Arab country that’s 99 percent Muslim, also bans ...

27 Mar 2012

NATO’s Syria Misstep

Alliance leadership could have refrained from a commitment on Syria without explicitly letting Assad know it would not intervene at all.
20 Jun 2012

The Last Jews of Tunisia

Tunisia's cautious Jewish community reveals a possible undertone of concern over the country's future religious tolerance.
4 Jan 2010

Welcome to America

that no country has ever treated me so badly. Not China. Not Vietnam. ...

26 Aug 2013

The High Cost of a Weak President

Obama's reluctance to do anything thus far to stop or slow Assad has both diminished American influence and made the war in Syria far deadlier.
17 Aug 2010

Israel Through Israeli Eyes

Michael J. Totten's blog Yoram Hazony wrote a fascinating essay about how many Europeans view Israel, and why so many of them find the country distasteful. A sovereign Jewish state that uses armed force ...

6 Dec 2005

American Views of the Middle East

out there, but Americans still see Lebanon – a country with a Christian ...

28 Aug 2012

The Anti-Imperialism of Fools

the destruction of Israel. There is no non-violent way to destroy a country. I’d ...

13 Jun 2004

European Earthquake

“They want their country back from Brussels and we are going to get ...

6 Oct 2009

Iran Isn’t Stalinist Russia

or Israel. “This happens routinely when a country is attacked by foreign ...

11 Apr 2012

Israel Goes Overboard on Nobel Poet Gunter Grass

Responding to Günter Grass’s odious poem with a travel ban and attempts at censorship is beneath Israel’s standards.
22 Oct 2010

A Conversation Between Presidents

that than in all the country’s wars? “Every period has its good points and bad ...

11 Oct 2010

On the Bleeding Edge of the West

and the Palestinians. Israel has let down its guard. This is a country that has gone ...

25 May 2009

Did Hezbollah Kill Hariri?

country’s history. Accusing Hezbollah of assassinating Hariri — and, ...

7 Jan 2004

History and Total War

time. It feels remote, though it is not. Our country is still embroiled ...

22 Jul 2014