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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.

March 16, 2020

China
China and Coronavirus: From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

Beijing’s initial response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China earlier this year was atrocious. First, China botches… The government first stymied the initial efforts of doctors in Wuha…

Chinese President Xi Jinping learns about the hospital's operations, treatment of patients, protection for medical workers and scientific research at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China on March 10, 2020.

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, 2019

Iran
All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War

The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Mark Milley, President Donald Trump, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo salute as a military honor guard carries the casket of Scott Wirtz, a civilian employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency killed along with three members of the U.S. military during a recent attack in Syria, past them during a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, in Dover, Delaware, U.S., January 19, 2019.

October 5, 2018

Iraq
Iraq’s Two New Leaders Offer a Glimmer of Hope

Salih and Abdul-Mahdi are capable politicians in a nation that desperately needs that, at a time when progress seems possible.

Barham Salih, Iraq's new president, walks with new Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad.

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
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

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 4, 2020

Iran
The Suleimani Assassination and U.S. Strategic Incoherence

The decision to kill Qassem Suleimani will likely force President Trump to devote additional resources to the Middle East at a time of growing concern about North Korea, Russia, and China.

Iran and U.S. Strategic Incoherence

January 3, 2020

Iran
America Must Be Ready For Iranian Retaliation

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani may have been legally justifiable but was not strategically prudent.

Iran revenge