In Depth: Middle East

1 Mar 2018

Abbas: In Search of a New Strategy

As the US reasserts its role in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, charting a different course than past administrations, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is in search of new strategy.
19 Sep 2016

America Rising: Indispensable Again in Asia

China’s aggressive militarism, slowing economy, and indecisive leadership has renewed America’s status as a welcome and indispensable force for prosperity and security in Asia.

Unstable, Unruly, and Reprobate: The Middle East Today

Tehran and Riyadh compete to expand their regional influence by maneuvering troops, funds, and surrogates in the midst of war, faltering economies, ethno-sectarian tension, jihad, and refugees.
8 Dec 2016

Invest in Tunisia with a Free Trade Agreement

The Tunisian government is working hard to combat the threat of terrorism, and the United States should support the moderate Arab state by setting up a free trade agreement.
20 Jan 2017

The New Arab–Israeli Alliance

The Sunni Arab world, unofficially led by Saudi Arabia, is quietly forging a de facto alliance with Israel against Iran. This new alliance has reduced the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an asterisk.
25 Aug 2016

Iran Targets Latin America

Three years ago the Obama Administration offered Congress soothing reassurances regarding Iran's aspirations in Latin America. Look again.
19 Jun 2014

Iran, the New Force for Regional Stability?

Tehran’s mastery of regional geopolitics, coupled with reluctance in Washington, allowed the Assad regime to survive the Arab Spring. The same elements might be in play once again in Iraq.
14 Jul 2016

Iran and Oman: Burgeoning Allies

Oman—often called the Switzerland of the Gulf—is strengthening ties with Iran in a way that will likely strain the Gulf region's alignments and politics.
28 Feb 2012

It’s Not Just Al-Qaeda: Stability in the Most Dangerous Region

In a region defined by historic and violent divides, hostile intent, and nukes, the US and NATO have no viable alternative but to stay the course. 
19 Sep 2016

Diplomacy's Aversion to Power: Consequences of Retreat

Retrenchment and disengagement have not yielded peace, stability, or global order—rather, growing instability, expanding terror’s reach, surging floods of refugees, and intensifying civil war.
29 Apr 2013

Fractured Continent: The Turmoil and Promise of Latin America

Latin America is divided between leftist authoritarian states and market democracies. The US should reset priorities to support the democratic vision to integrate the region into a free trade area.
19 Sep 2016

Terror Crossroads: On Europe’s Doorstep

The Balkan region, Kosovo and Bosnia in particular, has become a training ground, forward outpost, and launching pad for jihad across Europe.
16 Jul 2015

Iran Is No ‘Strategic Ally’

The former British ambassador to the US has written that shifting interests in the Middle East make Iran a rising “strategic ally,” especially in the wake of the nuclear deal. He’s wrong.
5 Jan 2015

Broken Peaces: The Israeli-Palestinian Hyperconflict

After twenty years of failed attempts, it is time to abandon the belief that a “local” agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians would pacify the region.
22 Nov 2016

Democracy and Democracies in Crisis

The Western powers are weakening and the authoritarians are ascendent. The question is whether the West can summon the will and the unity to rise to the challenge.
1 Sep 2011

Last Man Standing: Is America Fading in the New Middle East?

As US alliances and resolve in the region grow weaker, what role will America play in the new Middle East?

3 Jul 2014

Can Hezbollah Sustain Assad and Itself?

With the fighting in Iraq drawing large numbers of skilled Shia militiamen back home, Hezbollah might be forced to send even more aid to the Assad regime, weakening security at home.
25 Jun 2014

Defeat ISIS, but Let Iraq Split

Everyone in the region has known for centuries that Iraq is not a single country, and the question of what will happen to Sunni Iraq in the face of ISIS aggression is now especially dire.
2 Jul 2015

The Iran Delusion: A Primer for the Perplexed

So long as Tehran fuels violence in the Middle East’s most dangerous places, trading sanctions relief for weapons inspections will have no effect on the deeper threat Iran poses.
29 Dec 2015

Democracy's Retreats and Tentative Advances in 2015

2015 saw important, yet fragile, democratic gains around the world. But, as the West is now preoccupied with domestic challenges, the future of democratic reform will be determined by those on the frontlines.
26 Feb 2014

A Losing Game: America’s Postwar Arabists

The sentiments of Truman’s State Department toward the Middle East are well documented. Hugh Wilford’s engaging new book convincingly explores similar sentiments in the early CIA.
28 Feb 2013

What North Africa Wants to Hear from John Kerry

Western countries can help North Africa's long term democratic and economic prospects by trusting that region's citizens will hold their elected leaders accountable in future elections, and not play favorites in the near term.
14 Sep 2016

Modernization, Literacy, and Stagnation in the Arab World

Perhaps the Arab world’s deep-rooted problems with literacy and modernity would be aided—like in much of the developing world—by adoption of alphabetic writing.
30 Jun 2016

Unholy Alliance: Kleptocratic Authoritarians and their Western Enablers

The kleptocratic authoritarians who steal from their citizens, thwart freedom, and endanger world order mustn't be welcomed by Western banks.
29 Jul 2014

Terror and Politics in Tunisia

Tunisians are coming to terms with the homegrown terrorists who threaten their fragile democracy. Will this recognition prompt a much-needed national reconciliation process?
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?
2 Jul 2014

Iraq: Who’s to Blame?

What Iraq needs now is leadership that will recognize the essential importance of accountability and properly represent the many grievances of its bitterly divided factions.
1 Jan 2011

Power Play: Turkey's Bid to Trump Iran

The flotilla incident last spring was just an opener: Turkey has big plans for its own role in a tumultuous Middle East—and they don't have much to do with helping Tehran, much less the West.
31 Oct 2012

Breaking from Baghdad: Kurdish Autonomy vs. Maliki’s Manipulation

Given their historical grievances and more recent political warring with Baghdad’s manipulative Maliki government, the Kurds cast a long shadow over the future of a unified Iraq.
5 Oct 2015

Iranian Devolution: Tehran Fights the Digital Future

In the wake of the Green Movement and the Arab Spring, the Iranian government has undertaken a major effort to isolate the Islamic Republic’s cyberspace from the outside world.
30 Aug 2013

Getting Congo Right: Can the West Fix Past Failures?

After two decades of incoherent policies, millions have died in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Can a new Western-organized counterinsurgency force really bring resolution?
31 Dec 2014

Democracy: Four Reasons to Be Optimistic in 2015

2014 was a bleak year for the development of democracy around the world, but history has shown we are often blind to the democratic possibilities unfolding amidst the turmoil.
1 Mar 2015

Let Iraq Die: A Case for Partition

The violence set off by the Islamic State has once again dispelled the myth of a unified Iraq. For those living there, and the outside powers hoping stability will prevail, division is the best option.
19 Jun 2013

Syria’s Endgame: Prospects Dim, Options Narrow

The revolution to remove Assad has metastasized into a grotesque sectarian war among the Sunni majority, the ruling Alawite minority, and a host of other uncertain players.
27 Oct 2013

The Next Revolution: A Call for Reconciliation in the Arab World

Toxic divides will deny North Africa’s post-revolutionary states of political, social, and economic progress until national reconciliation unburdens the people of their victimhood and vindictiveness.
29 Apr 2013

Editor’s Introduction

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1 Jul 2010

Northern Exposure: Kurdistan After the Withdrawal

Just what will become of the Kurds after America leaves Iraq?
15 Apr 2013

Aid Syrian Rebels after Assad Falls

Syria’s Nusra Front and al-Qaeda in Iraq have merged, making it likely that US and EU aid to anti-Assad rebels will inadvertently strengthen Sunni terror groups in the Syrian–al-Qaeda civil war to come.
17 Jun 2014

Year Four: The Arab Spring Proved Everyone Wrong

Tunisia surprised the pessimists, just as Egypt devastated the optimists. Syria is on its way to becoming another Afghanistan, while Morocco holds some hope for slow reform.
30 Dec 2012

Bibi’s Bomb: The Iranian Threat Is No Joke

Perhaps Benjamin Netanyahu’s cartoon bomb at the UN was a trifle silly, but there’s no laughing off the very real prospects for an Iranian nuclear weapon and how the reigning mullahs will use it.
27 Aug 2014

Jihad in the Balkans: The Next Generation

Militant Islamists have long had a presence in the Balkans, and many have now traveled to fight in Syria. What happens when they return, battle-hardened, with their European passports?
1 Dec 2011

Uncontained: Obama’s Confused Iran Policy

Is Washington’s plan to “contain” Iran too little too late?
31 Oct 2012

Superpower Symbiosis: The Russia-China Axis

China and Russia appear to have a cooperative relationship, but with competing energy and territorial interests in the mix, not to mention domestic instabilities, the future might not be so rosy.
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.
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 ...

30 Apr 2015

The Saudi Connection: Wahhabism and Global Jihad

Ties between the House of Saud and Wahhabism have been around longer than the US itself, and Riyadh has a history of promoting extremism even as Saudi leaders denounce it.
27 Jun 2012

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

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28 Nov 2012

A Gaza Postmortem

After the Gaza cease-fire, the US-Israeli relationship looks stronger, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority look weaker, and Egypt remains an unknown quantity.
1 Jul 2010

Dire Straits: Taking on Somali Pirates

Pirates thrive on political instability and geographic mobility—and eastern Africa offers both in spades. An expert in the field, Martin N. Murphy explains why Somali piracy is a threat to the West, and what we need to do to stop it.