Middle East

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 |

Argument

On Target

Could discussing humanitarian issues lead to disaster at the Geneva II talks?

Steven Heydemann |

Feature

A Bittersweet Legacy

Remembering a popular restaurateur killed in Kabul—and a policy of segregation that humiliated local Afghans.

Farhad Peikar |

Report

Syria Peace Talks On the Verge of Imploding After Invitation Mishap

'The question is not whether this conference will fail but how it will fail.'

Colum Lynch |

In Box

The Islamic Republic of Baby-Making

How the supreme leader's revolutionary acceptance of 
cutting-edge fertility treatments 
is changing lives in Iran -- and unsettling the deeply conservative 
Sunni Middle East.

Azadeh Moaveni |

Report

Iraq's Oil War

By lashing out at Turkey and Kurdistan, Baghdad could make a tense situation worse.

Keith Johnson |

Report

Media That Moves Millions

Social media may be protesters' favorite weapon, but new research on Syria's revolution shows it can do as much harm as good.

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Report

Pennsylvania Avenue's Cold War

How a New Jersey Democrat became the White House's biggest foreign-policy foe.

Yochi Dreazen |

Map Room

Death March

It's hard to understand the scale and spread of killing in Syria, until you see this map.

Jacopo Ottaviani |

Dispatch

'We Want to Move On'

What do Egyptians really care about in their country's constitutional referendum? Not the constitution, for starters.

Manal Omar |

Investigation

Gag Order

Why is the U.N. censoring its own Syria news?

Colum Lynch |

Dispatch

Welcome to the Department of Morale Affairs

Belly dancers, billboards, and Egypt's military propaganda machine.

Bel Trew |

COLUMN

National Stupidity

In international politics, pride goeth before a fall.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Call Off the Sainthood of Ariel Sharon

Why Israel's late leader was a war criminal not a peacemaker.

Rashid Khalidi |

Argument

Warrior, Farmer, Leader

Reflections on the flawed-but-unmatched legacy of Israel's Ariel Sharon.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

Déjà Vu and Paranoia in the Deep State

How long can Turkey's democratically elected leader rule by tyranny-of-the-majority?

James Traub |

Argument

Breaking Syria's Reign of Terror

Are al Qaeda hard-liners finally on the run?

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

Blowback in Cairo

The Syrian civil war has now reached the heart of Egypt.

David Barnett |

Reality Check

To Boldly Lead From Behind?

How Star Trek's Prime Directive explains Obama's foreign policy.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

A New Anbar Awakening

Do tribal warriors in Fallujah and Ramadi have what it takes to rout al Qaeda?

Jane Arraf |

Report

A Safer World, Filled With Nukes

Can you stop the bomb's spread by making it easier to cut nuclear deals?

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

Let Your People Go

Egypt's military government will never be legitimate until it stops haphazardly jailing scores of political prisoners.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Inflection Point

To win back Fallujah, Nouri al-Maliki doesn't need to negotiate -- he needs to fight.

Douglas A. Ollivant |

Dispatch

The Controversial Death of a Teenage Stringer

Reuters gave this Syrian kid a camera. Seven months later he was dead.

David Kenner |

Argument

The Power of Mediation

We must rethink the way we’re dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis -- or risk militants winning hearts and minds.

Sharon Morris |

Report

Cashed Out

Financial sanctions may have forced Iran into nuclear talks. They’re also unfair and undemocratic, European courts say.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

A Moderate Proposal

A nuclear deal is going to be the key to domestic reform in Iran in 2014 -- or its downfall.

Daniel Brumberg |

Argument

Beirut’s Perfect Storm

Can anyone stop Lebanon's descent into chaos?

Patricio Asfura-Heim |

Feature

The Real eHarmony

How young people meeting on the Internet might help build peace in some of the world's most volatile regions.

Sheldon Himelfarb |