Iran

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 |

Reality Check

Learning to Live with Bibi

Netanyahu's back, and Barack Obama needs to find a way to work with him this time around.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Obama's Moment of Truth on Iran

Congratulations, Mr. President. Now it's time to make good on your promise to engage Iran.

Reza Marashi |

Argument

Building Blocks

The obsession that is preventing a nuclear deal with Iran.

Yousaf Butt |

Dispatch

Tight Times in the Grand Bazaar

Are Iranians really feeling the pinch of U.S. and international sanctions on their economy?

Sune Engel Rasmussen |

The List

The Global Races to Watch Next Year

Eight elections that could change the world in 2013.

Ty McCormick |

Argument

Feeling the Pain in Tehran

As sanctions bite, some of Iran's leaders are signaling a willingness to come back to the negotiating table.

Nazila Fathi |

Photo Essay

Instagramming Iran

Touring the Islamic Republic through the one social network it hasn't cracked down on yet.

Holly Dagres |

Christian Caryl

Nothing Is Written

The triumph of democracy isn't inevitable. It has to be fought for.

Christian Caryl |

Jeffrey Lewis

They Actually Did It

Are we all going to die from an Iranian-built, North Korean ICBM?

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Did Russia Just Throw Assad Under the Bus?

Not really. Watch what the Kremlin does, not what it says.

Andrew S. Weiss |

Argument

Intel Inside

Has the IAEA's information become politicized?

Mark Hibbs |