Iran’s View on Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring 

by Giorgio Cafiero A common view in Washington is that President Donald Trump’s decision to essentially green light Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring against the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria benefits key U.S. adversaries, including the Islamic Republic of… Continue Reading  

What Does Hezbollah Want?

by Gareth Smyth In 1985 at the age of eight, Aurélie Daher moved with her family to Baalbek, in Lebanon’s Beqaa region. It was a formative time not just for her, but for Hezbollah, the Shia Muslim group listed by… Continue Reading  

How the Blob’s Lawlessness Brought Mayhem to the Middle East

by Robert Wright This week’s abrupt withdrawal of US troops from a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria inspired a variety of criticisms, as politicians and commentators of all major ideological stripes condemned Trump for ordering it.

Mutual Deterrence: Good for the Middle East, Bad for the Nuclear Weapons Industry?

by Helena Cobban Over the past three-plus months it has become increasingly clear that, despite the bombast that Pres. Donald Trump has hurled against the Islamic Republic of Iran (along with a full deck of extremely harmful sanctions and some… Continue Reading  

The Forgotten Trauma of a Forgotten War

by Nick Turse GOMA, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo — The boy was sitting next to his father, as he so often did. He mimicked his dad in every way. He wanted to be just like him, but… Continue Reading