Trump’s Poison Pills Are Still Toxic
Whether it’s Iran, China, Cuba, or immigration, U.S. President Joe Biden often finds himself stymied by his predecessor’s foreign policy.
Why Is Madrid Pandering to Morocco?
Spain has traded five decades of neutrality on Western Sahara while getting nothing but a spyware scandal in return.
Can Lebanon’s Elections Pull the Country Out of an Abyss?
On Sunday, Lebanese go to the polls for the first time since their 2019 uprising.
Yemen Is Sitting on a Time Bomb Bigger Than the Exxon Valdez
An abandoned oil tanker with more than 1 million barrels of crude is rusting off the coast.
The Middle East’s Kumbaya Moment Won’t Last
The diplomatic resets and outreach underway are just competition by another means.
Can Saudi Arabia’s Film Industry Take Off?
Big-budget thrillers are now being filmed in the kingdom, but culture clashes could hinder the industry’s success.
Families of American Hostages Abroad Find Power—and Solace—in Numbers
Biden faces pressure to secure release of Americans wrongfully detained abroad.
The Qatarization of the Middle East
Gulf Arab countries are copying Qatar in hedging against U.S. power. Iran is thrilled.
Palestinians Feel Economic Pain From the War in Ukraine
A food crisis looms as the price of wheat and other staples surges.
ISIS Can’t Even Direct Lone-Wolf Attacks Anymore
But the group is hoping for a resurgence while the West is distracted in Ukraine.
Sanctioning Russia Won’t Stop Putin. Just Look at Iran.
Iran is a cautionary tale that stubborn autocracies can’t be disciplined with sanctions.
Iraq’s Oil Dysfunction
The world’s sixth-largest oil producer still suffers from fuel shortages and power outages.
Russia Flounders in Ukraine but Doubles Down in Mali
Russian mercenaries fill Mali vacuum as European powers pursue an exit.
China’s Transnational Repression Gets Saudi Backing
Deporting Uyghur refugees is inhumane and illegal.
Panicky Markets Are the Greatest Danger to Global Food Supply
The loss of Ukrainian and Russian wheat can be made up elsewhere.
Putin Is Targeting Ukrainian Hospitals. That’s a War Crime.
The Kremlin is reviving the brutal methods it used in Syria, and the World Health Organization is refusing to name the crime and its perpetrator.
America’s Middle East Friendships Are Dying a Natural Death
It’s time to recognize they were living on borrowed time.
The Little Iran Nuclear Deal That Couldn’t
A revived nuclear pact could benefit Washington and Tehran but is proving a hard sell.
It’s Time to Give the Revolutionary Guards a Concession
An Iranian nuclear deal is more important than the symbolism of a terrorist list.