Middle East

The List

Do Not Despair, Ye Flaccid, Loveless Hordes

Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.

Catherine A. Traywick |

EXCERPT

A Murder in the Kingdom

The unsolved killing of a photographer in Bahrain's forgotten Arab Spring.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Report

Iran's Black Gold

A spike in Iran's oil exports raises fears Tehran will be less likely to cut a permanent nuclear deal.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Letting Syria Starve While Sochi Shines

While Putin basks in the Olympic glow, Russia obstinately blocks aid to Syrian civilians in desperate need.

Mark Malloch-Brown |

Argument

Eyes on the Prize

The Arab world's most prestigious literary award is thriving; whether anyone's actually reading the shortlisted books is another matter.

M. Lynx Qualey |

COLUMN

It's Iran, Stupid

The real, unspoken reason America won't get involved in Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

We Did Not 'Lose' Iraq

But it is America's job to help Baghdad beat back the new threat from al Qaeda.

James Jeffrey |

Map Room

The Iraq War Never Ended

Mapping nearly 12 years of violence in 42 seconds shows that the war America started still rages on.

Jacopo Ottaviani |

Dispatch

The Crooks Return to Cairo

Egypt's government is happily letting exiled billionaires and convicted Mubarak cronies buy their way back home.

Bel Trew |

COLUMN

When Reagan Cut and Run

The forgotten history of when America boldly abandoned ship in the Middle East.

Micah Zenko |

COLUMN

The Best Policy

Can the United States ever be an honest broker in Middle East peace talks?

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

Sugarfree ScarJo to the Rescue

If Middle East peace were only this easy.

Matt Bors |

Argument

The Iraqi Re-Awakening

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is making all the same mistakes that the United States once made in Anbar. Can he change course before al Qaeda overruns the restive province?

Mark Perry |

COLUMN

Rand Paul Is Right

The United States needs to officially end the Iraq war -- or else acknowledge that it’s waging an endless and unwinnable fight.

Emile Simpson |

Argument

War on Error

We're fighting al Qaeda like a terrorist group. They're fighting us as an army.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

Trading Places

How the trade vs. aid debate shows the different trajectories of Egypt and Tunisia.    

Caroline Freund |

Report

Egypt's Sea of Troubles

Why an upsurge in terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula raises fears for the Suez Canal.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

An Edge in the Desert

A flood of new weapons -- from Iran to Saudi Arabia -- is dangerously changing the military dynamic in the Middle East.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Germany, Inc. Heads to Tehran

Sanctions relief has corporations in Berlin salivating at the chance to make money in the Islamic Republic.

Benjamin Weinthal |

Argument

Palestine's Peace Bomb

What will happen when one million refugees have the right to return -- to the West Bank?

Steven J. Rosen |

COLUMN

Why Did Saudi Arabia Buy Chinese Missiles?

The real question is why are we only hearing about it now.

Jeffrey Lewis |

In Box

Lethal Autonomy: A Short History

How killer robots became more than just scary science fiction.

Ty McCormick |

Report

Running on Empty

Why unbridled oil consumption in the Middle East could pose a threat to the region and beyond.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

In Iran, Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good

Why demanding no enrichment and no centrifuges means no deal.

Graham Allison |

Dispatch

Blood Brothers

When Assad's horrific prisons were the CIA's dumping ground.

David Kenner |

Argument

Two Left Feet

Can Washington dance with Tehran when they're listening to different music?

Trita Parsi |

Argument

Speak Up, Mr. President

A memo to Barack Obama on how to talk about the Middle East policy no one thinks he actually has.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

Accentuate the Positive

Why undervaluing the potential upsides to a deal with Iran is just bad business.

Stephen M. Walt |

Marc Lynch

Consent of the Governors

Why Egypt’s constitutional referendum is a worrisome step toward authoritarianism.

Marc Lynch |