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After three years of frequent and intense US-Iranian diplomatic contacts during the successful Iran nuclear deal negotiations, can the United States and Iran maintain their diploma...(full article)

From Iran through Syria, Egypt and beyond, the net effect of Obama’s two terms has worked in favor of autocrats....(full article)

While Tehran continues to sow anti-American terrorism across the Middle East, Riyadh holds the key to regional stability. This is not the time to back away from the House of Saud....(full article)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the recent Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit as a grandstanding opportunity to pitch his qualifications to lead the Islam...(full article)

The truth is that Saudi Arabia is undergoing a transformation, and whoever becomes the next US president will certainly have the advantage of working with a young, dynamic, outward...(full article)

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The Cold Israeli-Arab Alliance Against Iran - Michael Totten, WA Journal

Israel and the Sunni Arab states inched closer together diplomatically and geopolitically last week when Egypt transferred control of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia....

Saudis Turn the Oil Weapon on Iran - John Kemp, Reuters

Saudi Arabia's decision to scupper negotiations on a coordinated oil output freeze in Doha on Sunday seems to confirm a significant shift in the kingdom's oil policy....

Exploring the Real Iran? Follow Social Media - Gus Serendip, Guardian

eing completely disconnected on holiday isn’t as romantic as some purist travellers may suggest. It might be fine if you plan to stay on a beach or spend your days snorkellin...

What Iran Needs to Fix - New York Times

Since concluding the nuclear deal with the United States and other major powers last July, Iran has yet to realize the expected economic benefits. The Iranians are frustrated, but ...

The Afghans Sent by Iran to Die for Assad - Fariba Sahraei, BBC News

The men, who are mainly ethnic Hazaras, are recruited from impoverished and vulnerable migrant communities in Iran, and sent to join a multi-national Shia Muslim militia - in effec...

Turkey Plays Both Sides in Iran, Saudi Conflict - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

Ankara is developing a dual-track approach to the Middle East by simultaneously courting bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran to shore up its position in a region that has defied it...

The Iranian Army's Syrian Gambit - Farzin Nadimi, Washington Institute

Elements of the national army have officially joined the IRGC on Syria's battlefields, but Tehran's apparent public-relations strategy could backfire at home if casualties mount....

Stop Sugar-Coating Canada's Saudi Arms Deal - Konrad Yakabuski, G&M

Canada has interests and, despite the Trudeau government’s promises to re-engage with rogue regimes the Harper government sought to shun, countering Iran’s growing infl...

Iran's Intellectuals, Going Underground - Ali Gharib, New Republic

Though she barely arrives at Rouhani’s 2013 election in her epilogue, this delicate push-and-pull is similar to many situations described in Laura Secor’s new book on t...

Will a Blacklisted Iranian Singer Soon Return? - R. Faghihi, Al-Monitor

After having been struck by cancer, blacklisted Iranian classical singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian may soon be back on the air in the Islamic Republic....

Once Upon a Time in the Cosmopolitan East - Hamid Dabashi, Al Jazeera

Balian's wonderful and engaging novel could not be timelier, when the resurgence of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh is yet again a reminder of the horrors of ethnic nationalism wreaki...

Why Iran Is Loath to Rejoin the Global Economy - Ray Takeyh, CFR

The lesson that Khamenei has taken from the nuclear issue is that Iran’s excessive reliance on oil sales and international financial institutions made it vulnerable to pressure f...

End America's Hopeless War for the Mideast - Andrew Bacevich, Politico

In the War for the Greater Middle East, the United States chose neither to contain nor to crush, instead charting a course midway in between. In effect, it chose aggravation. With ...

Iran Is Flexing More, Not Less, Muscle in Syria - Paul Bucala, Fox News

Recent statements by Artesh commanders indicate that they are determined to position the Artesh as capable of operating outside of Iran’s borders in order to defend and prote...

Donald Trump Has Some Loyal Fans in Iran - Rohollah Faghihi, Al-Monitor

“My No. 1 priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran. I have been in business for a long time. I know deal-making and let me tell you, this deal is catastrophic.&...

Air France Flight Attendants Score a Win Over Islamists - New York Post

Kudos to the Union des Navigants de l’Aviation Civile and its allies for forcing Air France to back down from its effort to bend female flight attendants to the Islamist dema...

Russia-Iran Alliance Is Weaker Than You Think - The National Interest

The relationship between Russia and Iran has come to the fore because of their coordination on the battlefield in Syria. A recent article in the Daily Beast noted President Vladimi...

U.S. Policy One Year After Iran Deal - Catalano Ewers & Goldenberg, TNI

America must build on positive momentum without turning a blind eye to Tehran's aggressive moves. Here's how to strike that balance....

Ted Cruz's Foreign Policy Would Be a Disaster - Andrew Bacevich, Nation

Rather than Reaganesque, Cruz’s prescription for dealing with Islamist radicalism represents a throwback to bomb-them-back-to-the-Stone-Age precepts pioneered by Gen. Curtis ...

The Iran Nuke Deal Keeps Changing - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

Like most of Washington, I was under the impression that the nuclear negotiations with Iran ended in July. There was the press conference in Vienna, the U.N. resolution that lifted...

Why Isn't Iran at the Nuclear Security Summit? - Navid Hassibi, TNI

Not only is the JCPOA within the spirit of the summit, but by recognizing Iran’s nuclear program, its safety and security will be elevated through international nuclear coope...

The Neocon Case for Negotiating With Iran - Zhalmay Khalilzad, Politico

As someone who has negotiated with Iran over the years perhaps more than any other U.S. diplomat, I disagree with those who argue that talks with Iran are akin to capitulation. I h...

Obama's Anti-Establishment Foreign Policy - K. Vanden Heuvel, WaPo

While Obama hasn’t outright rejected the deeply entrenched establishment view that the United States is an “indispensable nation,” he has voiced frustration with ...

Donald Trump's Mideast Myopia - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Donald Trump, in truth, is a candidate with really very little to say about the Muslim world -- and especially about the Middle East. And although his more controversial comments t...

The U.S. Senate Takes on Iran - Wall Street Journal

Republicans move to sanction Tehran for its ballistic-missile tests....

The Chinese Smuggler and the Iran Deal - Ian Stewart, The Diplomat

On February 1, 2016, Sihai Cheng was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to six charges related to the diversion of U.S.-manufactured pressure transducers to Ir...

The Nuclear Deal, Through Iranians' Eyes - Ako Salemi, New York Times

As soon as Iran signed the nuclear deal last summer with the United States and five other countries, Iranians burst into conversation about what difference, if any, the accord woul...

Iran Is a Jekyll-and-Hyde Problem - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

The Jekyll side is less understood. This is the Iran where an American is more likely to get an enthusiastic reception than in any other country I've visited in the Middle East; as...

How Will Iran Care for Its Aging Population? - Alireza Ramezani, ALM

Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, head of the Management and Planning Organization (MPO), warned March 6 that Iran has five years to address the underfunding of its pension system or face a...

Iran and Russia Are Not Allies - Mark Katz, LobeLog

Despite their numerous anti-Western interests, Russia and Iran are not allies. Neither is willing to give up much of anything for the sake of good relations with the other. Washing...

The Alternative to Regime Change in Iran - Akbar Ganji, National Interest

Hassan Rouhani was elected Iran’s president in June 2013 based on his promise of reaching a nuclear agreement and improving the relations with the West. He delivered on his p...

Is Cold Peace Possible in the Middle East? - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

That Hezbollah's involvement in Saudi Arabia's costly campaign in Yemen -- in addition to its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad -- would compel the kingdom to punish Lebano...

The Limits That Shaped Obama's 'Doctrine' - K. Bokhari, Geop. Futures

The phrase “The Obama Doctrine” is just a way of describing the decisions Obama had to make in the past seven years. The driving force behind the doctrine was ultimately not Ob...

The Obama Doctrine - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

Obama has come to a number of dovetailing conclusions about the world, and about America’s role in it. The first is that the Middle East is no longer terribly important to Am...

Is Iran's Ahmadinejad Ready for a Comeback? - Saeid Jafari, Al-Monitor

It is possible that Ahmadinejad is now preparing to enter the 2017 presidential race himself, which could pit him against incumbent President Hassan Rouhani. Speaking on condition ...

Will Iran Send Forces to Yemen? - Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Asharq Al-Awsat

Iran does not lack courage to get more involved in Yemen, but this will backfire on it militarily and politically. Perhaps this is what Riyadh needs to prove that Iran’s thre...

Lebanon Caught Between Two Mideast Giants - The Economist

Saudi Arabia’s moves against Lebanon seem amateurish. Even if the Lebanese parties wanted to, they could do little to diminish the role of Hizbullah, which acts as a state within...

Finding Freedom at a Ski Resort in Iran - Newsha Tavakolian, NYT Mag

The music and the outfits in Dizin are louder than they were a generation ago. But the state still keeps a not-so-subtle watch over the slopes....

Iran and Turkey Reach for the Reset Button - M.K. Bhadrakumar, AT

Tehran never quite gave up on Turkey. It simply relegated the relationship to the backburner. But it took care not to get sucked into the Turkish-Russian discord....

Who Will Head Iran's Wealthiest Foundation? - Arash Karami, Al-Monitor

With the passing of Ayatollah Tabasi there is now a vacancy for being custodian of one of the wealthiest charitable foundations in the country, Astan Quds Razavi; the position will...

What Is the Saudi Endgame in Lebanon? - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Saudi Arabia is playing a high-stakes game in Lebanon, seeking to punish and weaken Hezbollah and Iran. It's not clear if the Saudis have an achievable end goal in mind....

Lebanon's Shiites Grow Weary of War in Syria - Hanin Ghaddar, NOW

It is still immature to talk about serious dissent against Hezbollah, which is still the strongest and most credible political party there is for the Shiites. That hasn’t cha...

Manufacturing Consent in Iran - Hamid Yazdan Panah, RealClearWorld

Last week's so-called elections in Iran were met with much fanfare from both the regime and some in the West. Despite the predominant narrative focusing on the factional split with...

Why Boeing Kept Iran Dealings Under the Radar - Saam Borhani, ALM

As the world cashes in on an Iran ready to do business, the US risks being late to the game because of a mixture of political sensitivities, confusion about the remaining American ...

U.S. Remains Essential in a Shifting Mideast - David Ignatius, Wash Post

However the next months unfold, 2016 will shape the options for the next president. The departing Obama, who hoped to change the strategic balance in the Middle East, has partly do...

Ahmadinejad Adviser Arrested

A simmering rivalry between Iran’s president and powerful adversaries within the conservative hierarchy spilled into the open on Monday when security forces briefly arrested ...

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Clashes between Iraqi Kurds, Turkme

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Economy, security crises in focus a

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Differences persist as Yemen peace

UN-brokered Yemeni peace talks in Kuwait entered a fourth day Sunday with government and Shiite Huth...