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Saudis Stop Oil Shipments to Egypt

The rift between the two most important Sunni Arab nations is growing.

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White House Wags Finger At Putin

Has Lucy picked up the football so many times that even Charlie Brown knows better than to try and kick it again?

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Charlie Brown to Stop Running Toward Football. Maybe.

The Obama Administration appears to finally be losing its ability to pretend to itself that Putin takes it seriously as a negotiating partner. But have any larger lessons been learned?

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Cracks Start to Show in Jordan

Washington must work closely with Amman to safeguard the stability of this crucial ally.

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What Happened to the “Resistance Axis”?

Bad things sometimes happen to bad people—like the unholy alliance of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas.

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Syrian Ceasefire Dying in Aleppo

Russia and Syrian government forces continue escalating their policy of migratory genocide. The White House stands idly by, even though signs point to it having more leverage than it assumes.

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The Syrian Ceasefire is Unraveling

It looks like the Syrian civil war is about to kick back into high gear.

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Peace, They Say. And Yet…

Three months after “Implementation Day,” a snapshot of Iranian activity in the Middle East.

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Pakistan’s Shakedown Cruise

The more Tehran and Riyadh hate and fear one another, the more valuable Pakistan’s support, or at least neutrality, appears.

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The New Stage of Crisis and Chaos

As Russia bombs every rebel in Syria except ISIS and Iran and the Saudis square off over dead pilgrims and arms shipments to Yemen, could instability spread to the vital oil producing and shipping areas of the Middle East? Quite possibly.

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Crude Economics

Moscow just promised to cut its oil output, but that promise rings hollow.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China’s seizure of Singapore’s troop carriers is a power move that sends a signal about Beijing’s displeasure with the Lion City.

Burma's Rohingyas

Outrage at Myanmar’s leader for her inaction on the Rohingya demonstrates the continuing failure of human rights activists to understand the world or develop wise strategies for dealing with it.

Looking Ahead

Nancy Pelosi’s re-election at House Minority Leader suggests that even the 2016 disaster has not yet weakened the establishment’s iron grip over Democratic power centers.

The Vapors

The inability of U.S. diplomats to explain Trump and his worldview to their foreign interlocutors is likely to be a more serious problem for American foreign policy than any early flubs by the President-elect.

The North American Energy Boom

Our southern neighbor is benefiting from the shale boom, too.

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