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September 26, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Waiting for Thermidor: America’s Foreign Policy Towards Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran may be on an accelerated schedule for revolutionary decay, at least if compared to the USSR.

A member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps waves the Iranian flag

September 23, 2022

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

August 29, 2022

Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy
Saving Democracy in Tunisia

In Tunisia, President Kais Saied's consolidation of power and embrace of autocratic measures threaten the lone remaining success story of the Arab Spring. The Biden Administration should move from rh…

June 14, 2022

Saudi Arabia
The Keys to the Kingdom

The Time is Ripe to Reset U.S.-Saudi Relations.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Future Investment Initiative FII conference in Riyadh on October 24, 2018.

May 10, 2022

Ukraine
Is Diplomacy Between Russia and the West Still Possible?

The West should keep open the possibility of diplomacy with Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Victory Day in central Moscow, Russia May 9, 2022.

April 8, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Why Israel Has Been Slow to Support Ukraine

Israel’s government is grappling with a moral imperative to help Ukraine in a war that recalls its own struggle to maintain sovereignty while acknowledging that cooperation with Russia is vital to it…

Three Orthodox Jewish men walk past a massive Ukrainian national flag that is projected on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

March 14, 2022

Ukraine
Ukraine War Should Slow But Not Stop the U.S. Pivot to Asia

Avoiding more crises in Europe and the Middle East is the only way American diplomatic and military might can be shifted to where it’s needed most: the Indo-Pacific.

Frenemies.

March 14, 2022

Russia
From War of Choice to War of Perseverance

Peace in Ukraine remains a long shot unless the West can change Putin's calculus.

A woman walks past boards with portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Simferopol, Crimea March 11, 2022. The boards read: "Russia doesn't start wars, Russia ends them" (L), "We want the demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine".

February 28, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
A New Iran Deal Means Old Chaos

Rekindling the nuclear deal with Tehran will solve one regional problem—and cause others.

Iranian flag flies in front of the UN office building, housing IAEA headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021

January 27, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East’s Conflicts Aren’t Done With the Emirates

Just when the United Arab Emirates thought it was done with focusing on foreign policy, they’re getting pulled back in.

The Burj Khalifa (C) skyscraper is seen as the sun sets over Dubai October 5, 2010.