The Middle East & Beyond
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.
The State of the Campaign
The State of the Union address had nothing to do with governing, everything to do with political posturing—with a mediated-image twist.
The Crystal Ball Seven Shocking Possibilities for the Middle East in 2015
Prognostication is always a mug’s game, and nowhere more so than in the Middle East. Nevertheless, it’s a fun game to play, especially when the subject is a region so poorly understood by the U.S. mainstream media that it frequently gets blindsided by events.
Be It Resolved
In the course of an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep released earlier this week, President Obama tried to flatter the Supreme Leader and other assorted higher-ups in Tehran. Will it work?
The story of Hanukah—the “Sunday School” version, and what really happened.