Letter from the tormented land of the Kurds
With help from Turkey, the fractious Kurds are asserting their independence.
Israelis, Saudis and the Iranian Agreement
The US is not abandoning its allies, but it wants them to be more self-reliant in a time of diminishing resources.
Ideology and necessity
They may detest each other, but Iran and the United States will eventually strike a deal.
What is a dictator?
Dividing nations into black and white, dictators and democrats, misses the political and moral complexity of real life.
Are America’s interests aligning with Iran’s?
Iran is weak; the US wants to avoid going to war. Is a deal possible?
US and Europe: geopolitical team of rivals
No matter what Americans do, their European friends will sniff that they are cowboys or naifs.
Foreign policy as finger-wagging
The Obama Administration's bumbling over Syria is due to its constant tension between ideology and strategy.
Calling Obama’s bluff in Syria
The President's "red line" has apparently been crossed. But will intervention do any good?
Azerbaijan: the eye of the storm
Why doesn't the United States take more interest in this critical country sandwiched between Turkey, Iran and Russia?
Redlines and the problems of intervention in Syria
The US and its European allies do not have the force needed to end Syria's appalling bloodshed.
Iraq, a war foretold
Even as the ground war in Iraq opened on 20 March 2003, there were clear indications of the carnage to come.
A new reality in relations between US and Israel
It's like a marriage that continues out of habit but whose foundation has withered. Can Obama's visit repair it?
Morsi tips the strategic balance in the Middle East
The new Egyptian president has moved to consolidate the power of the Muslim Brotherhood, with unpredictable consequences.
More caution in foreign policy
We can expect a great deal of unhappiness with the second Obama administration overseas.
A new normal in US foreign policy
American detachment from the chaos in Syria indicates that a new foreign policy is settling into place.
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