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The Complicated Geopolitics of Oil Sanctions on Iran

U.S.-Iranian conflict resolution is in flux following withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and it remains unclear whether sanctions will be sufficient to force Iran back to the negotiating table. A...

How did Moqtada al-Sadr Become Iraq's Premier Statesman?

Throughout the Iraq war, Moqtada al-Sadr was a high-profile villain. Now everybody — including the United States — has just gotten used to him.

What Will It Take for Syrian Refugees to Return Home?

International forums have taken for granted that refugees will return to Syria once a political settlement is in place, but it might not be that simple.

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Elections in Lebanon and Iraq Offer a Glimmer of Hope

The elections in Iraq and Lebanon earlier this month present a fragile but important counterpoint to a region in turmoil. Extremists claim that only violence can bring change; these elections promise...

Saudi Arabia Hits the Brakes on Reforms

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Mike Pompeo Gave the Iran Speech Kerry Should Have Given

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