The Middle East & Beyond
As bad as the nuclear negotiations seem, things are actually turning out well—or at least as well as could have been expected in a genuinely terrible and terrifying situation.
Politics as Bloodsport
The troubling remark everyone missed in Tom Friedman’s interview with President Obama—and some ruminations on the sad state of American political discourse.
Reading the Lausanne Tea Leaves
The wise way to react to what happened yesterday is not to jump to premature conclusions, and certainly not to jump to confusions fueled by either wishful thinking or undue pessimism. The dance with Iran has only just begun.
Good Work If You Can Get It
What do souring U.S.-Israeli relations, the blooming war in Yemen, and the nuclear talks with Iran have to do with each other? A lot, but not in the ways you might think.
All’s Well That Ends Well?
The GOP Senators’ letter to Iran was a bad, irresponsible move—but it may turn out for the best anyway.
The Arms Control Fallacy
No arms control agreement is likely to stop Iran, no matter what people inside and out of the administration would like to think.
Unforgiven, With Arab Characteristics
Jordan’s King Abdallah trained as a Special Operations soldier as a young man. That may give you some insight into what kind of response ISIS should expect from Jordan in the wake of the immolation of its pilot.