Middle East

Abandon Nation Building

We cannot mold other states in our own image.

The Secret Life of Robert Ames

The story of the American spy's contacts with the PLO underscores the necessity of talking to adversaries.

Abandon Nation Building

We cannot mold other states in our own image.

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.

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April 23, 2014