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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 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 11, 2020

Egypt
The Whole World Got Hosni Mubarak Wrong

The eulogies for Egypt’s fourth president focused on his downfall, but history will remember his overlooked accomplishments while in office.

Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hold his photos near the main gate of a cemetery during his burial ceremony, east of Cairo, Egypt February 26, 2020.

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

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 11, 2020

Coronavirus
Why the Coronavirus Should Change the Way We Think About China

The coronavirus represents the biggest challenge to the Chinese Communist Party since the 1989 Tiananmen protests.

Xi/China's Coronavirus Challenge

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.

February 4, 2020

Election 2020
The Trouble With Election Security

Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election in 2016, and in 2018, internet trolls again spread disinformation during the midterms. Intelligence officials warn that interference in this year…