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March 25, 2020

Egypt
Sisi and Erdogan Are Accomplices of the Coronavirus

By killing the Middle East’s sense of community, the region’s dictators have helped the pandemic on its death march.

A worker in a hazmat suit sprays disinfectant in Turkey's Grand Bazaar. Turkish flags hang across the image foreground.

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.

March 6, 2020

International Criminal Court
The ICC’s Probe Into Atrocities in Afghanistan: What to Know

The ICC appeals chamber’s decision to move ahead on an investigation of grave abuses by combatants in Afghanistan, including U.S. forces, marks an unprecedented move that is likely to arouse intensiv…

U.S. soldiers patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, April 2004.

March 3, 2020

Afghanistan
How Not to Leave Afghanistan

The agreement between the United States and the Taliban is almost certain to fail. The United States needs a plan B.

Afghanistan Khalilzad Taliban Doha

July 4, 2019

Military Operations
Our Military Deserves Thanks on July 4—But Politicians, Press, and Civilians? Not So Much

Honoring the commitment, sacrifice and courage of our all-volunteer military, especially on the Fourth of July, should never be considered controversial or divisive. The U.S. military pledges its loy…

American flags

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

January 28, 2020

Iran
Iran’s Regional Armed Network

Iran’s web of armed partners such as Hezbollah serves to strengthen its influence in the Middle East and could pose a growing threat to the United States and its allies in the region.

Hezbollah supporters hold signs that say "we vow revenge" and wave the Hezbollah and Lebanese flags.

January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Pompeo’s Departure Is Restoring the State Department’s Swagger

The U.S. secretary of state appears to have one foot out the door—and that’s exactly what U.S. diplomats have been waiting for.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks during a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2020.

January 13, 2020

India
Scale Without Power: Global Cities in the World's Largest Democracy

This piece was originally published in the Diplomatic Courier as part of a collaboration with the Great Powers and Urbanization Project. It was adapted from the Workshop on Cities, Geopolitics, and t…

A laundry and high-rise buildings in Mumbai, India

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.