Persian Gulf

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.

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 Aboutalebi Affair in Context

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

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.

A Peril to the Iran Nuclear Deal

Banks are afraid to release the Iranian money promised in the deal.

Brandishing the American Sword in the Gulf

The tough task of reassuring Persian Gulf allies as Iran advances.

The Forgotten Principles of Deterrence

Even the basics are missing from the Ukraine discussion.

The Gulf's Achilles Heel

Obama urgently needs to push the Saudis to support serious reform in Bahrain.

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April 17, 2014