Given that so many Iraqi Kurds are now seeking instead to escape from the region shows the extent to which hopes for economic and political opportunity in the post-Saddam Hussein era have evaporated.
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The decree was always more political than religious - designed to provide cover for whatever nuclear course was expedient for Tehran at any given time.
Biden has space to pursue an Iran policy that is neither a reaction to Trump’s nor a straightforward continuation of Obama’s.
After a year in which the regime has failed on every other front, it will almost inevitably double down on its only other source of legitimacy: its visceral anti-Americanism.
Neither investors nor the general public seem to be buying Erdogan’s promise of a new economic era for Turkey.
The killing certainly has some of the hallmarks of a campaign of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, attributed to Israel: four were killed between 2010 and 2012.
We may be long past holding laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize to its lofty standards — the cruel cynicism of Henry Kissinger and open bigotry of Aung San Suu Kyi are just two instances of honorees behaving dishonorably — but Abiy Ahmed’s belly ...
What leaders say at moments like these matters. And all the more so now because too many leaders have recently been unable or unwilling to say the right things.
Critics of the Trump administration’s sanctions campaign against Iran have long argued that the Islamic Republic is impervious to pressure. This claim never had a strong foundation: After all, extreme duress — prolonged diplomatic isolation, coupled with crippling economic sanctions — forced Tehran’s theocrats ...
Governments everywhere want to help the Lebanese, but the country's politicians need to recover their senses to make sure assistance is forthcoming.