Iran

Reality Check

Obama's Syria Dilemma

Damned if he does; damned if he doesn't.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Intervention Escalation

Alleged chemical weapons use by Syria is pushing the United States into doing something. But Russia, China, and Iran might have something to say about that.

James F. Jeffrey |

Argument

Fault Lines, Not Red Lines

Why the earthquake near Iran's dated and unproven nuclear reactor at Bushehr should scare you.

Ali Vaez |

Argument

The Ayatollah in His Labyrinth

The competing forces in Iran's political system are poised to collide in this summer's presidential election.

Abbas Milani |

Feature

Syrian Spillover

An interactive map tracking the internationalization of Syria's civil war.

J. Dana Stuster |

Reality Check

Why Obama Failed in the Middle East

From the Arab Spring, to Syria, to Iran, to the peace process, President Barack Obama's actions have yet to live up to his high-flying rhetoric.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

From Princeton to Persia

Meet the American who wants to be Ahmadinejad.

Katie Cella |

Reality Check

Been There, Done That

Let's hold the applause. Obama's trip to Israel was nothing new.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Egypt's Financial High Noon

Cairo needs to tackle its subsidy addiction. And yes, it’s not going to be easy.

Isobel Coleman |

The List

The 10 Commandments of Visiting Israel

The old commandments helped the Israelites survive the desert. A set of new ones may help Obama survive the Israelis.

Oren Kessler |

Argument

Awakening the Demons

There is no Arab Spring coming to Iraq. But sectarian protests could tear this fragile country apart.

David Alpher |

Argument

Who's Winning the Great Energy Rat Race?

China just passed the United States as the world's leading oil importer. America should be happy to be No. 2.

Robin M. Mills |

Argument

Why Is This Man Smiling?

How the Iranian regime used the Kazakhstan talks as pre-election propaganda.

Mark D. Wallace |

Marc Lynch

Tehran Tanking

Iran's popularity in the Arab world is way down, but sectarianism is on the rise.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Not All Elections Are Worthy of the Name

Sorry, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel. Just because Iran holds elections doesn’t mean that its government represents the people.

Jeffrey Gedmin |

Argument

Dead-End Road

Rogue states have a pretty convincing track record of ignoring sanctions, so what makes Congress and the White House think they'll work on Iran?

Ty McCormick |

Argument

It’s Not an Intifada

Palestinians aren't ready to rise up -- yet.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Jeffrey Lewis

Limited Partnership

No, North Korea did not just test an Iranian nuke.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Christian Caryl

It's Not About Us

Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Iran Can’t Agree to a Damn Thing

Let's face it: The Islamic Republic is just too dysfunctional to cut a nuclear deal.

Patrick Clawson |

Argument

Cyber-Gang Warfare

State-sponsored militias are coming to a server near you.

Richard B. Andres |

Argument

Arm the Syrian Rebels. Now.

Obama's cabinet had a plan to take down Bashar al-Assad. What went wrong?

Michael Doran |

Terms of Engagement

The Five-Year Engagement

As Obama begins his second term, one thing is clear: the administration's Iran policy is failing. What now, Mr. President?

James Traub |

Argument

Embrace the Fatwa

If the United States is serious about negotiating with Iran, it's going to have to start listening to the supreme leader. 

Seyed Hossein Mousavian |

Jeffrey Lewis

Friends with Benefits

No, Mr. President, it's not OK if our allies get nuclear weapons.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

We Shall Return

Don't be too sure there won't be another U.S. war in the Middle East.

Richard L. Russell |

Argument

Why Is the United States Subsidizing Iran?

It's a veritable international mystery: How did Washington end up funding its adversaries in Tehran?

Frederick Starr |

Argument

Tehranimal Farm

How George Orwell explains Iran.

Roland Elliott Brown |

Reality Check

Second Time's the Charm?

Congratulations, John Kerry. You own the peace process now. Here's how not to screw it up.

Aaron David Miller |

Christian Caryl

The First Lab Results Are In

Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.

Christian Caryl |