Before Deadly Bulgaria Bombing, Tracks of a Resurgent Iran-Hezbollah Threat

Bent on avenging attacks on its nuclear program, Iran and Hezbollah have allegedly spun at least 10 terror plots in the past year, most of them failures. With this month's deadly bombing in the beach resort of Burgas, Western counterterror officials say, the Shiite alliance has crossed a dangerous line.

Sebastian Rotella |


If Iran Did It

Only in the warped logic of the Islamic Republic would the Bulgaria attack make sense.

Afshon Ostovar |


Word Is Bond

Has President Obama kept Candidate Obama's campaign promises?

Michael A. Cohen |


Choke Point

In threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, Iran is risking more than war. It just might make the vitally important oil shipping route irrelevant.

Gal Luft |

Christian Caryl

Plague of Thugs

Why Mideast dictators use hoodlums to suppress dissent.

Christian Caryl |


The Sanctions Aren't Working

In its failing drive to stop Iran’s nuclear program, the West is only empowering hardliners and pushing the Iranian people to the brink of poverty.

Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi |


Battle Rial

To end Iran's nuclear program, it's time for America to step up its economic warfare.

Mark Dubowitz |


The Great Caspian Arms Race

Inside the petro-fueled naval military buildup you've never heard of: It's Russia versus Iran, with three post-Soviet states -- and trillions of dollars in oil -- in the middle.

Joshua Kucera |

Slide Show

The Caspian's New Sea Monsters

The post-Soviet region has begun a high-stakes arms race, fueled by competition for recently discovered oil fields.

Slide Show |


Can't We All Just Not Get Along?

Why the push for bipartisan consensus in foreign policy is a dumb idea.

Michael A. Cohen |


How Is Energy Remaking the World?

To navigate the complicated new politics of oil and gas, FP asked the author of The Quest and leading U.S. energy historian to help shape our latest survey -- and guide us through the results.

Daniel Yergin |


Epiphanies from C. Fred Bergsten

The veteran economist and Washington power-player on China, currency wars, and working with Henry Kissinger.

Daniel W. Drezner |


The Persian Gulf

The divide between young Iranians and the regime is widening every day.

Lois Farrow Parshley |


Egypt's Subsidy Blues

When Egypt's next rulers finally tackle urgently needed economic reform, they should look to an unlikely model: Iran.

Peter Passell |

The List

An Annotated Guide to All Those White House Leaks

The 10 Obama administration disclosures that Attorney General Eric Holder should investigate.

Uri Friedman |

Reality Check

Everything in Syria Is Going to Plan

It just depends on whose plan you're talking about.

Aaron David Miller |


The Patience Runs Out

The United States has put up with Pakistan's insidious double game for a decade now. Not anymore.

Shamila N. Chaudhary |

The List

Will India Ever Really Be America's Partner?

Ten big things Washington is still waiting on from New Delhi.

Christopher Clary |


Red, Red Lines

Israel's threats to Iran are making matters worse. If anyone is going to attack, it better be the U.S.

Colin H. Kahl, Matthew Irvine, and Melissa G. Dalton |


Killing It

Why President Obama's kill list controversy is only good news for his reelection campaign.

Michael A. Cohen |


The Real Reason to Intervene in Syria

Cutting Iran's link to the Mediterranean Sea is a strategic prize worth the risk.

James P. Rubin |

Slide Show

Too Hot for Tehran

The ayatollahs are going after a new generation of satirists. But that hasn't stopped Iran's best cartoonists-in-exile from exposing the country's deepest taboos.  

Slide Show |


The Ayatollah Is No Joke

What's behind Iran's cartoon crackdown?

Roland Elliott Brown |

The List

Target: Iran

A closer look at the six facilities that could mean the difference between war and peace.

Uri Friedman |


Iran's Growing Stockpile

Tehran is amassing enough nuclear material to build half a dozen weapons. The hour is getting late.

Olli Heinonen |

The List

Romney: Year One

What would happen if you took Mitt Romney's foreign-policy promises extremely literally?

Daniel Drezner |

The List

5 World Events That Could Swing the U.S. Election

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are slugging it out over the economy, but the world may have a trick or two up its sleeve.

Uri Friedman |

Briefing Book

Are We Focusing on the Wrong Nuclear Threat?

Americans are wringing their hands about the grave threat that a nuclear Iran would pose to the United States. But the numbers tell a different story.

Victor Asal and Bryan Early |


How to Avoid a War With Iran

It won’t be easy -- but it sure beats the alternative.

Matthew Bunn |


The FP Survey: The Future of NATO

Does the 63-year-old alliance still matter today? We asked politicians, scholars, and other observers from both sides of the Atlantic to weigh in.

Allison Good |