Middle East

Report

The Fog of Chemical War

After eight months of allegations, why do we know so little about Syria's nerve gas attacks?

Noah Shachtman and Colum Lynch |

Dept Of Secrets

CIA Admits It Was Behind Iran's Coup

The agency finally owns up to its role in the 1953 operation.

Malcolm Byrne |

By Other Means

A Model of American Opacity

How Obama's drone war echoes Egypt's military crackdown.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Strange Bedfellows

Is the turbulent Middle East bringing Sunni and Shiite jihadists together, or driving them to war?

Matthew Levitt |

Feature

Speaking with the Enemy

What Ho Chi Minh can teach us about bringing peace to Afghanistan.

Lawrence Korb |

Dispatch

Sightseeing in Yemen's Droneland

For an infamous danger zone, Marib province is beautiful, ancient, and, at times, remarkably peaceful.

Adam Baron |

Marc Lynch

Enough Is Enough

It’s time for Washington to cut Egypt loose.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

The Cuban in the Desert

The secret blogger who explains al Qaeda's new strategy.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Reality Check

In Praise of the Middleman

Let's face it: When it comes to peace talks, face-to-face negotiations don't work.

Aaron David Miller |

Rational Security

Last War Standing

Why preemption is the only thing that can keep America safe.

John Arquilla |

Investigation

Inside Yemen's Shadow War Arsenal

The U.S. has spent hundreds of millions fighting Yemen's terrorists. What did it buy, really?

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Oil Kingdom

Shale is the new peak oil, and that's why Saudi Arabia still rules global energy markets.

John Sfakianakis |

Argument

Portrait of the General as a Not-So-Young Grad Student

Egypt's army chief isn't an Islamist -- in fact, his work at the U.S. Army War College suggests he may be a Mubarak clone.

Eric Trager |

David Rothkopf

The Real Risks

Prison breaks, the embassy shut down, and an al Qaeda comeback all reveal one thing: we're still handling the terror threat wrong.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

How We Lost Yemen

The United States used the Pakistan playbook on Yemen's terrorists. It didn't work.

Gregory D. Johnsen |

Dispatch

The Great Escape

How al Qaeda broke hundreds of bad guys out of the world’s most notorious jail -- and what it means for America.

Raheem Salman |

Report

Sisi's Year Abroad

What Egypt's most powerful man learned from the U.S. military.

David Kenner |

Argument

The Snake That Eats Itself

Why coups beget coups beget coups.

Daron Acemoglu |

Argument

Death By Moderation

Will Iran's new president be weakened beyond repair even before he takes office?

Omid Memarian |

Report

The Mensch

How Chuck Hagel went from 'Jewish lobby' target to Israel's buddy.

Gordon Lubold |

Marc Lynch

Performance Enhancing Debate

How the Ryan Braun scandal explains Egyptian Revolution punditry.

Marc Lynch |

Dispatch

SWAT for Settlers

Meet the Brooklyn-born weapons instructor who's training West Bank Jews to pack heat and use it.

Debra Kamin |

Argument

The Unsettled Question

Does anyone have the slightest idea how many Jews are in the West Bank?

Elliott Abrams |

Feature

Silent Shuttle

If John Kerry wants to make peace in the Middle East, he's going to need some Kissinger mojo.

Bruce van Voorst |

Marc Lynch

As Good As It Gets

Why Washington's policy toward Cairo is pretty spot on (except for a few things).

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Prepare for the Worst

It's already time to start planning for what happens if the Middle East peace talks fall apart.

Natan B. Sachs |

Argument

The Peace Process Is Back

The cynics may not believe it, but Kerry's push to get Israelis and Palestinians talking could actually work.

Daniel Levy |

Argument

A Terrorist by Any Other Name

The E.U. finally decided to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Why won't the U.N.?

Benjamin Weinthal |

Daniel Altman

Winter Is Coming ... to the World Cup

Can switching up seasons save the 2022 tournament in Qatar?

Daniel Altman |

Report

Breaking: Every Military Option in Syria Sucks

Intervention could cost a billion per month, top officer tells senators.

Gordon Lubold |