Middle East

Dispatch

Ramadan in Gaza

What it’s like to celebrate Islam’s holy month in a city under siege.

Abeer Ayyoub |

Dispatch

The False Front of the Gaza Invasion

Israel's late-night assault shows the past week's attempts at talks were a sham all along.

Gregg Carlstrom |

COLUMN

The Slaughter of Innocents

Why collateral damage undoes the best-laid plans of "limited" war makers.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Iran's Highly Enriched Bargaining Chip

Why the United States can't budge on allowing Iran to build more centrifuges.

Colin H. Kahl |

COLUMN

Let Tehran's Atomic Clock Keep Ticking

The only way to reach a nuclear deal with Iran is to accept that Iran will be able to go nuclear.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

Israel and Hamas Need Each Other

The two warring actors may hate each other, but they can't seem to live without each other either.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Six Lessons America Seems Thoroughly Incapable of Learning

Why the Obama administration keeps making the same mistakes over and over.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

You Can't Kill Hamas, You Can Only Make It Stronger

Experts and insiders say that Israel's military offensive will only further radicalize the Palestinian population -- and alienate frustrated friends in the United States.

Mark Perry |

Dispatch

'It's Like Jail Here'

Watching the World Cup finals in the labor camps of Qatar.

Priyanka Motaparthy |

Report

What Hamas Wants, What Israel Needs

Neither side can gain from this war of attrition. But is Benjamin Netanyahu willing to risk a ground invasion to stop it?

Natan Sachs |

COLUMN

Take One for Tehran

Why President Obama needs to stand up to the warmongers who want to kill the Iranian nuclear deal.

James Traub |

Dispatch

The Resurrection of Ahmad Chalabi

The man who helped convince the United States to invade Iraq has spent the last decade in the political wilderness. But now, with his country in chaos, he could be its next leader.

Jane Arraf |

Argument

People Power

The United States has the blueprint for a smarter way to make peace. Now it has to use it.

Christopher Holshek |

COLUMN

@ISIS Is #Winning

Why is a barbaric medieval caliphate so much better at social media than Washington?

Kori Schake |

Dispatch

Siege Mentality

While Israel pounds Gaza with bombs, the real battleground of East Jerusalem is ready to boil over.

Gregg Carlstrom |

Report

Losing the Lonely War

Suicide is becoming a crisis among people affected by Syria's protracted civil war -- and no one is talking about it.

Lauren Wolfe |

Argument

Stay Home and Stay Out of This Fight

Why John Kerry has no business trying to make peace between Israel and Gaza right now.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Fractured Caliphate

Iraq’s Sunnis turned against radical jihadists once. Will they do so again?

Robert S. Ford |

Dispatch

The Teenagers’ Revolt

Angry Israeli and Palestinian youths are steering the course of events in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Saudi Arabia's Family Feud

Facing threats from all directions, King Abdullah moves to get his foreign-policy team in place -- and quell infighting within the royal family.

Simon Henderson |

Slide Show

Nothing to Celebrate

Ten countries where freedom doesn't ring.

Freedom House |

COLUMN

Doing Nothing Is Now out of the Question

Obama may finally have changed his calculus on Syria -- but is his plan for the U.S. to train rebels two years too late?

James Traub |

Argument

The Build-It-Yourself Bombs

Cheap, deadly, and not stopping anytime soon, barrel bombs are the weapon of choice for dictators from Sudan to Syria.

Torie Rose DeGhett |

Argument

A Path to Peace in Syria

As President Bashar al-Assad’s officials reach out to contacts in the West, the differences between the regime and the opposition may be smaller than they first appeared.

David W. Lesch |

COLUMN

Dark Dividends

Will the murder of three teenagers bring Armageddon to the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

Democracy, Freedom, and Apple Pie Aren't a Foreign Policy

We like to think our way of life is the best in the world. But trying to spread American values always backfires.

Stephen M. Walt |