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In Depth: Politics and Middle East

30 Aug 2012

Learning from Sadat: The Dividends of American Resolve

Anwar Sadat steered Egypt away from the USSR and allied with the West because he saw the value of a US partnership. Can Washington inspire that confidence again?
1 Dec 2011

Uncontained: Obama’s Confused Iran Policy

Is Washington’s plan to “contain” Iran too little too late?
3 Jan 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

Last year was not the first time Arabs called for change in the face of stubborn autocrats, but it was the first time their calls paid off—at least initially.
30 Apr 2012

Editor’s Introduction

region whose soil has been salted by hatred. Although new hot spots appear ...

27 Jun 2012

Assad Delenda Est: The Case for Aiding Syria’s Rebels

in the region? Syria is already all of those things.   T he US couldn’t return ...

27 Feb 2013

Erdogan’s Grand Vision: Rise and Decline

Prime Minister Erdogan’s aspirations to restore Turkey’s national glory and to unify the Islamic world have been unhinged by rebellion in Syria and the region’s ferocious rivalries and inflexible dogma.
28 Oct 2011

Letter from the Editor

between forces that are national, cross-border, regional, continental, ...

10 Jun 2011

Fool Me Twice: How the United States Lost Lebanon—Again

US failures in Lebanon in the '80s have always given heartburn to policy veterans. It hardly reassures that recent generations have not done much better.

1 Jan 2011

Anchors Away: American Sea Power in Dry Dock

After a decade of counterinsurgency warfare, it's hard to remember that America's global leadership used to be—and still is—based on its naval power. But that shouldn't excuse utterly neglecting it.
28 Feb 2012

Editor’s Introduction

still matters in a region dependent upon open sea-lanes and nervous about ...

1 Jul 2010

The Broken Link: What Peace Won't Fix

New Republic correspondent and World Affairs blogger James Kirchick argues against the folly of linkage—i.e., the assumption that fixing the peace process will somehow cure all of the Middle East's other ailments.
1 Jan 2011

Menace à trois: Alliances with Iran and Turkey? Please.

In Reset, former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer argues for shaking up our traditional ties in the Mideast—and getting more friendly with Turkey and Iran. James Kirchick explains why it shouldn't happen—and never would, anyway.
28 Feb 2012

Reinventing Canada: Stephen Harper’s Conservative Revolution

A robust, proactive foreign policy accompanied by fealty to a monarch and support for Israel at the UN might not sound very Canadian—but it is now.
23 Nov 2011

Neglected India: Why Is Washington Ignoring the World’s Largest Democracy?

The US and India are natural allies, but Obama has let China and Pakistan get in the way of New Delhi’s importance.
29 Apr 2013

The Game Changer: Syria, Iran, and Kurdish Independence

The shifting fortunes of Middle Eastern politics have delivered Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan and the country’s Kurds to the brink of a lasting settlement.
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?
17 Nov 2011

Building a New Peace Process

As the dust settles on the failed Palestinian statehood bid, the US and its allies need to recalibrate their efforts around realistic goals.
28 Oct 2011

The Oslo Legacy: Goodbye to All That

Now that yet another US president has failed to bring Israel and the Palestinians closer to a settlement, it’s time to abandon the outmoded Oslo negotiation model.
1 Sep 2010

The Real Reset: Moscow Refights the Cold War

Washington thinks it's gotten a fresh start with Moscow. In fact, our old adversary has merely fallen back into its old Cold War habits.
1 Dec 2008

Letter from the Editor: Winter 2008

for regional and functional expertise. But it will pay special attention ...

16 Aug 2011

News Hole: The ICG's Deeply Flawed Syria Report

The International Crisis Group’s latest report on Syria relies almost exclusively on the testimony of Syrian regime figures and its Western apologists, dressed up as “independent” sources.
1 Jun 2008

Balancing Act: The Other Wilsonianism

In the wake of the Bush administration, what lies in store for the future of America's presence abroad?
10 Sep 2013

The Cost of Britain’s Syria Vote

The British Parliament’s vote against military action in Syria could mark a sea change in UK foreign policy, diminishing its global credibility and relationship with the United States.
8 Jun 2010

The Middle East is Now Even More Complicated

by regional populist leaders like Erdogan. Middle East Europe and Central Asia ...

23 Oct 2005

It’s Not All About the U.S.

Michael J. Totten's blog Some people insist on viewing the conflict between Syria and Lebanon strictly through the prism of U.S. foreign policy in the region. I understand why it’s tempting to do this if you’re ...

19 Sep 2013

A Bipartisan Autopsy Report

management of security problems in the region to Russian president Vladimir ...

21 Jan 2010

The Middle East Has Always Been Hard

of everyone who feels upbeat and sunny. Nothing happened in the region when ...

5 Sep 2012

The World According to Syrian Kurdistan

The state of Syria's Kurdish minority has been largely ignored by the Western media—but their stake in the outcome of the country is no less dire than those of other warring factions.
3 Feb 2011

What If There Is No Way Out?

think of a single person I know who lives in the region who thinks ...

22 Feb 2012

Libya, One Year Later

Seeing Libya as a collection of distinct societies might help Westerners better understand its challenges going forward.
16 Jul 2007

A Reminder from Eli Khoury

Lebanon of regional conflicts. Read the whole thing. North America Middle ...

1 Apr 2010

The Carter Doctrine at 30

to claim for itself a dominant position in the region. Within two decades, ...

28 Jan 2011

What Egypt Portends: Three Scenarios

in the region and in Egypt in particular, President Obama has begun to embrace ...

28 Jan 2010

Threatening Israel Isn’t Enough Anymore

amassing power for themselves in the region by saying, Hey, we’re not after ...

26 Jan 2010

Why They Hate Us: Middle Eastern Politics and the Principle of the Strong Horse

to the region for the same principle reason I was—he wanted to figure out what ...

17 Jul 2013

Israel Strikes Syria -- Again

don't have enough power or leverage to shape regional politics ...

28 May 2009

The Mother of All Myths

for Israel aggravates a huge number of Arab Muslims, but most of the region ...

7 Jul 2009

This is What Imperialism Looks Like

in Urumqi, the capital of China’s troubled Xinjiang region. The latest official ...

16 Sep 2014

American Conservatives Find Common Cause with Israel

American conservatives are more pro-Israel than ever, but not for religious reasons: They see Western civilization under assault from radical Islam, just as they once saw it threatened by Communism.
25 Apr 2009

Eurasia’s Shatter Zones

of the greater Middle East’s oil and natural gas lies in this region. Just ...

8 Aug 2012

"A Writhing Ghost of a Would-Be Nation"

created. Thus, although it was more compact than the sprawling pre-war region ...

23 May 2013

William Hague’s Trip to Israel

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has been a thoughtful politician and a friend of Israel. On his trip there this week, Israeli leaders should take his criticism seriously.
9 Mar 2012

Hezbollah's Relentless Rage

of the region—was the suicide bomber. Read the rest in City Journal . Middle East ...

22 Feb 2007

Iraq in Fragments

for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; ...

10 Jun 2013

Hezbollah's Vietnam

of the region’s leading Shiite political-military organization - or simply ...

17 Apr 2005

Arabists vs. the Middle East

attitude towards all non-Arab ethnicities and identities in the region ...

20 Mar 2011

The Arab Revolt Hits Syria

and violent anti-American regimes aren’t yet in the clear. The region ...

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