Middle East

Finding the Exit

Working with local tribes in Iraq and Afghanistan has yielded encouraging results so far. Continuing this approach holds the greatest promise for stabilizing those two countries and reducing the role of U.S. troops.

Iranian Imbroglio

Tensions are rising after a confrontation between Iranian military speedboats and American warships in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday. Will the incident have serious implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East?

Spoiling to Spoil

As the president embarks upon his trip to the Middle East, the administration’s latest regional initiative is threatening to collapse under its own weight—only months after it debuted with great fanfare at Annapolis.

Off the Warpath?

In the wake of the National Intelligence Estimate, the conventional wisdom on Iran has changed. At The Nixon Center on Monday, seasoned Iran watchers like Anthony Cordesman, Shai Feldman and Suzanne Maloney gave their thoughts on

A Triangular Relationship

Monday at The Nixon Center, the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Samir Sumaida’ie, said that the United States should utilize economic levers when it comes to dealing with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Security First Forum: Plan B for Iran

Is now the time to abandon hopes of regime change and negotiate with Tehran on issues like its nuclear program and a possible security guarantee? Amitai Etzioni fires the opening salvo in a new debate on Iran policy.

The Long Road to Damascus

As the November 26 Middle East conference draws near, some are suggesting that a deal with Syria will lead to significant progress in the region. But Damascus may not be willing or able to help.