Middle East

Democracy on the Brink in Iraq

After the election, will the Shi'a, Sunni, and Kurdish parties cooperate?

Surprise Attack on Iran: Can Israel Do It?

Israel will need to achieve surprise if it hits Iran's nuclear program—yet that's very hard to do.

A Thirty Years' War in the Middle East

Hopefully the "Arab Spring" conflicts won't last as long.

Missile Defense: A Way Forward in the Gulf

America has long wanted its Persian Gulf allies to work together. Now that they're mad at us, it's happening.

Khamenei's Nuclear Dilemma

Iran's supreme leader is struggling to manage his hardline supporters.

The Arabs' 1848

Europe's century of upheaval—and the revolutions in the middle of them—offer insights into the post–Arab Spring world.

The Aboutalebi Affair in Context

The law and politics of denying Iran's prospective UN ambassador a visa.

Turkey and America: 1957 All Over Again?

Erdogan and Obama's differences over Syria feel like a replay of Eisenhower and Menderes.

Kuwait's Embattled Justice Minister Part of Deeper Terror Finance Problem

An alleged fundraiser for jihadists may be losing his post at the head of Kuwait's Justice Ministry, but the broader problem is far from solved.

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April 21, 2014