Aug 21, 2015
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the country's decision maker, just might reject the laboriously worked-out agreement that he helped negotiate.
May 26, 2015
The ISIS model is the more dangerous. Its attacks may be amateurish and less deadly than al-Qaeda's but they potentially can occur far more often. Its assaults are easier to foil but harder to anticipate. The ISIS approach is the more effective.
May 11, 2015
Much of the Middle East is running out of water due to such maladies as population growth, short-sighted dictators, distorted economic incentives, and infrastructure-destroying warfare.
Apr 8, 2015
The Obama Doctrine is simple and universal: Warm relations with adversaries and cool them with friends.
Mar 30, 2015
Can the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen win? Highly unlikely, as these are rookies taking on Iran's battle-hardened allies in a forbidding terrain.
Mar 24, 2015
The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group's latest round of assaults across the large area under its control.
Feb 27, 2015
Ironically, amid tragedy and horror, as populations adapt to the brutal imperatives of modern nationalism, all four countries are becoming a bit more stable. That's because the fighting has pushed peoples to move from ethnic minority status to ethnic majority status.
Feb 15, 2015
Nearly all the 54 Republican U.S. senators will vote in favor of the Kirk-Menendez bill requiring sanctions on Iran if the P5+1 negotiations fail. President Obama has promised to veto it.