Middle East Policies

Opinion Articles

Although Washington shouldn’t abandon its efforts to help Iraq form a unity government yet, it must think seriously about realistic alternatives if Iraq falls apart.

Opinion Articles

After the renewed horrors of the past few weeks it should be unnecessary to comment on what emanates from Jerusalem, in remote history considered a moral center.

Muhammad bin Nayef - محمد بن نايف بن عبد العزيز آل سعود

Opinion Articles

With Iraq and Syria ablaze, the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia seems almost an afterthought. But Riyadh will be a crucial, if quixotic, ally as the United States seeks to mobilize Sunni Muslims

داعش ISIS

Opinion Articles

 Along with its surprising military success, the Islamic State group has demonstrated a skill and sophistication with social media previously unseen in extremist groups.

And just as the United States has begun an aggressive air campaign against the militants, Richard A. Stengel, the under secretary of state for public diplomacy, believes the United States has no choice but to counter their propaganda with a forceful online response.

Opinion Articles

President Barack Obama’s new campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has for the moment overshadowed the question of the United States’ overall strategy toward the Syrian civil war.

Opinion Articles

Once again, Israeli and Palestinian diplomats are in Cairo. This time, though, the two sides won't even talk to each other. Instead, Egyptians shuttle back and forth between individual meetings.

Research paper

he Arab military performance on both sides of the 1990 Kuwait war was mediocre. And the Arabs have done poorly in nearly all the military confrontations with Israel. Why this unimpressive record?

Opinion Articles

It is no accident that hardly anyone involved in the Iranian nuclear negotiations has expressed optimism about meeting the November 24 deadline for a comprehensive agreement. The Iranian and U.S. governments are continuing to meet regularly -- most recently last week in Vienna -- but there are few signs of meaningful progress. Indeed, the essence of the deal that has always made most sense -- a rollback of the Iranian nuclear program in return for a rollback of sanctions -- seems increasingly beyond reach.

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