Middle East

Why You Should Visit Iraq (Really)

Twenty years after the U.S.-led invasion, Americans still know far too little about this complicated country.

China’s Middle East Power Play

A Beijing-brokered normalization deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia may lack staying power, but it signals China’s long-term strategy.

A Time for American Stability—and Power

Our allies are pondering whether we are still a superpower.

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Picking Through Turkey’s Rubble

A rocky earthquake recovery will have political consequences for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Saudi Nuclear Ambitions Could Upend the Middle East

And there are steps the U.S. can take to ward them off.

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Can Israel Normalize Relations with Saudi Arabia?

Benjamin Netanyahu will need to push past the bad blood between the Saudis and Americans.

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The Price of Putin’s War

From activism to retrenchment in the Middle East.

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Iran, America, and the Democratic Impulse

The collapse of the theocracy could change American attitudes about promoting democracy.

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Imran Khan, Survivor

Pakistan’s former prime minister will recover from being shot in the leg, but how his country responds is another question: A Dispatch Explainer.

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A Paradoxical Moment for the Middle East

While Iran is a looming danger, the Abraham Accords offer hope and promise.

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Biden Returns Empty-Handed From the Middle East

The president failed to secure more oil from the Saudis and made little progress on Israeli-Palestinan relations or anything else.

Joe Biden Pivots to Middle East Security

Amid failing nuclear talks with Iran, the president looks to bolster regional defense and build on the historic Abraham Accords.

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The Hopes for a New Middle East

The Abraham Accords have reforged relations in the Middle East, which Joe Biden will see up close for the first time as president this week.

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The Man Who Would Change the Middle East

A reformed Saudi Arabia with strong U.S. support would help block Iranian regional hegemony and derail the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.

Will Biden Seize His Middle East Moment?

His upcoming trip provides an opportunity to establish unprecedented Arab-Israeli cooperation against the Iranian threat.

A Year of Unforced Errors for Biden in the Middle East

Neo-isolationist trends raise troubling questions about the future of the U.S. commitment to order in the region.