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March 11, 2020

United Arab Emirates
The Middle East Thinks America Is Going Crazy

Arab countries are looking for partners who aren’t bogged down by chaos ranging from impeachment to Iowa.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Irqah Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 20, 2020.

March 13, 2020

Syria
Syria Is Turkey’s Problem, Not America’s

The war in Idlib is a growing humanitarian crisis, a potential disaster for Ankara—and a problem that doesn’t bear on Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan during a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2019.

March 11, 2020

Iran
The Only Sensible Iran Strategy Is Containment

The most effective plan against the Islamic Republic has always been the most obvious—and the one nobody in Washington seems willing to try.

Missiles are displayed by Iran's army during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran September 22, 2019.

February 25, 2020

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and domestic calls for reform? A look at the government’s organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Close up of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving an address

February 11, 2020

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Trump’s Middle East Mirage

The Trump administration’s proposal is a recipe for a Palestinian state in principle but not in practice.

Trump-Bibi Peace Plan

February 5, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Outrage Culture Is Ruining Foreign Policy

As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, U.S. politics is getting harder and harder to explain to the rest of the world.

Code Pink demonstrators surround former United States Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger (L) and George Shultz (R) before the beginning of the Senate Armed Services Committee on global challenges and U.S. national security strategy on Capitol Hill in Washington January 29, 2015.

January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East

The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.

Demonstrators carry a national flag during an anti-government rally in Algiers, Algeria January 3, 2020.

January 13, 2020

Iraq
There Is Nothing Left for Americans to Do in Iraq

Qassem Suleimani and Tehran have won the battle for Baghdad. U.S. policymakers should understand that—and leave.

A demonstrator carries an Iraqi flag as he walks near burning tires, during ongoing anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq January 12, 2020.

December 18, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
The Post-American Middle East

The United States has dialed down both its presence and role in a region that it has dominated for nearly a half-century.

Post-American Middle East