Middle East

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How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Fight a War?

When the dust finally settles in Gaza, the battle will head to the courtroom.

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

The Transformation of Shimon Peres

How the last of Israel's founding fathers went from "Mr. Security" to become his country's most prominent dove.

Yossi Beilin |

Dispatch

A Foothold on the Euphrates, a Boot Heel on the Tigris

Before ISIS stomped Mosul and turned Iraq upside down, it slowly crushed its enemies to death in Raqqa.

Hania Mourtada |

Argument

An Eye for a Tooth

Israel's problem with deterrence.

Daniel Byman |

Argument

Operation Lifeline Syria

Why the international community could be on the cusp of a humanitarian breakthrough in the Syrian conflict.

Madeleine Albright |

Argument

A North Korean in Iran

Why ongoing and close ties between Pyongyang's and Tehran's nuclear programs are cause for concern.

Olli Heinonen |

Argument

The Crowd Who Would Be King

Technology is connecting people all over the world, giving them new power and a stronger voice. But is it making government any better?

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Argument

First Gaza, Then the West Bank

Why Israel can no longer let the Palestinian Authority be responsible for security in Judea and Samaria.

Danny Danon |

COLUMN

The Endgame in Gaza

Can Netanyahu really demilitarize the Strip without making Hamas a partner?

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

'They Killed 25 to Get One'

Gaza's civilians count the dead. 

Sharif Abdel Kouddous |

Argument

A War We Didn't Want

Israel takes no joy in another round of hostilities with Hamas in Gaza, but it is a fight born of necessity.

Michael Herzog |

Argument

The Last Great Myth About Egypt

Cairo has never been a mediator between Israel and Palestine -- and today's regime actually benefits from the Gaza invasion.

Steven A. Cook |

Slide Show

Gaza Under Fire

As the Israel-Hamas conflict wages on, a look at the human toll.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

Suspended Animation in the Strip

For Gaza’s young and ambitious, the ongoing war is just another one of life’s many challenges.

Lauren Bohn |

Dispatch

Nowhere to Run

Gaza's residents, under a constant barrage of Israeli bombs, are being told to evacuate to stay safe. If they could escape, they would.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous |

Argument

A Pox on All Their Houses

Neither Israel nor Hamas can win in Gaza, but the biggest loser is the Palestinian Authority.

Hussein Ibish |

COLUMN

Summer Reruns in the Middle East

Televised tragedy and déjà vu in Gaza.

Matt Bors |

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 |