Middle East

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 |

Argument

What Comes Around

Just another Yemeni drone strike on an American wedding...

Matt Bors |

EXCERPT

How Zionist Extremism Became British Spies’ Biggest Enemy

In World War II's aftermath, MI5 turned to fight a new threat. It wasn't the Soviets. It was bombers from Jerusalem.

Calder Walton |

Dispatch

The Islamist Enemy of Our Islamist Enemy

Meet what might soon be the West's unpredictable new friend in Syria -- the Islamic Front.

Hania Mourtada |

COLUMN

The Middle East Channel’s Best of 2013

The essential books, articles, posts -- and hip hop performances -- of the year.

Marc Lynch |

Dispatch

How to Crush Low-Hanging Fruit

Beset by terrorism, Egypt's military government is blaming everything on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gregg Carlstrom |

Argument

One More Last Chance

Is John Kerry quietly on the cusp of a Israel-Palestine peace talks breakthrough?

Aaron David Miller |

Slide Show

2013: A Year in Protests

From the Vatican to Brazil, from Paris to Bahrain, a global tour of the year the street roared.

Slide Show |

The List

Next Year’s Wars

From Sochi to Sudan, 10 conflicts that will threaten global stability in 2014.

Louise Arbour |

Putinology

Putin’s Mediterranean Move

The race is on to exploit off-shore energy around Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Cyprus -- and Moscow is crashing the party.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

The Year of Living Hegemonically

How can the world be getting so much better when U.S. power is waning?

Daniel W. Drezner |

Argument

Iran's Turkish Gold Rush

At the center of Turkey's corruption scandal is a "gas for gold" scheme that the Obama administration dragged its feet on stopping.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Dispatch

Silent Night

As a security vacuum continues to plague Egypt, the country's beleaguered Christian community fears a rash of kidnappings will only worsen during the holiday season. 

Bel Trew |

Report

Obama Admin Taking It Easy on Terror Group, Congressmen Charge

The Haqqani network comprises some of Afghanistan's most lethal insurgents. Why isn't the White House doing more to stop them?

Gordon Lubold |

Terms of Engagement

The Autocrat's Emergency Bailout Fund

Are billions of dollars from Russia and the Gulf really worse than Western assistance?

James Traub |

Argument

The End of Erdogan?

Why a power struggle over Turkey's deep state could bring down the government.

John Hannah |

Argument

Jerusalem’s Itchy Trigger Finger

Forget sanctions. If there's one thing that should convince Tehran not to go nuclear, it's that Israel might use its own nukes -- first.

Yonatan Touval |

Argument

Boycott Me. Please.

Why the American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli academic institutions -- and my small liberal arts college -- is so utterly ridiculous.

Martin Kramer |