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Middle East Aflame
Iran’s Options in Southern Syria

Russia’s compromise proposal for Syria’s south appears to lack Iranian buy-in—and it is primarily Tehran’s calculations that will decide whether the Israel-Iran conflict spirals out of control.

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Middle East Watch
Hezbollah After Lebanon’s Elections

Hezbollah’s victory in Sunday’s Lebanese elections is virtually guaranteed—but there are signs that discontent is growing among its support base.

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Contingency Planning
The Middle East’s Next Big War?

Saudi Arabia and Iran could be just one Houthi missile away from war.

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Policy Hazards
The Middle East’s Next Big Challenge: Nuclear Security

Nuclear power poses profound security threats to the Middle East—but not in the ways you might expect.

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News Analysis
The Future of Saad Hariri

The Lebanese prime minister’s resignation points to a new Saudi strategy in the region.

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Net Assessment
A Gulf in the Gulf?

Even if the next U.S. administration downsizes our military presence in the Middle East, it must work more effectively with our Arab Gulf partners to counter Iran’s growing asymmetric threat.

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