An American protester makes his feelings plain during the Iranian hostage crisis, 1979.
Ever since the shocking spectacle of the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, American conservatives have reserved a special disdain for the Islamic Republic.
He said he’d do it, and he has.
Iran is a dangerous mischief-maker in the Middle East – but scrapping the nuclear deal will probably make things worse.
An Israeli F-16 pilot prepares for a drill.
Years of mediation by Russia have helped keep a direct Israeli-Iranian conflict off the agenda. But things have changed.
Netanyahu “exposes” Iran.
Israel's prime minister failed to undermine the validity of Iran's nuclear deal, and instead ended up demonstrating just how important it is.
Assad’s 2007 re-election campaign underway.
Despite all claims to secular egalitarianism, the Assad family's decades of rule have been brutally elitist.
Mike Pompeo was confirmed as U.S. secretary of state on April 26.
The new secretary of state once called the Iran nuclear deal 'unconscionable.' If he supports Trump's instinct to scrap the agreement on May 12, it could unleash violence across the volatile Mideast.
The Pentagon briefs the media on strikes against Assad’s chemical weapons facilities.
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A recent intervention by the US, the UK and France is only part of a far broader – and deadlier – campaign.
The “Burney Relief,” which is believed to represent either Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love and war, or her older sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the underworld (c. 19th or 18th century BC)
Sex was central to life in ancient Mesopotamia. And the authors of Sumerian love poetry, depicting the exploits of divine couples, showed a wealth of practical knowledge about the stages of female sexual arousal.
While the Syria strikes were clearly violating international law, using force to uphold the ban on chemical weapons is becoming acceptable in the international community.
President Erdoğan of Turkey is happy to jaw-jaw, but will war-war where necessary.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seeks nothing short of leading the Muslim world, building on Turkey's imperial Ottoman past.
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Guns for hire are back in business – and they're making war even more dangerous.
The conflict in Syria has left more than 6 million people internally displaced.
Rebuilding Syria will be complex and costly. But expertise and extensive funds will be in short supply due the geopolitical absence of the US and other Western countries.
The Syrian conflict is a war of many sides. Here's a rundown of the key players.
If journal editors fail to retract or properly flag data revealed as inaccurate, they leave open the possibility that it'll be cited for years to come.
The government is planning to take part in military action in Syria. But does it need MPs to consent beforehand?
The legal standards for military intervention are complicated and highly specific. It's not clear an attack on Syria would meet them.
Saddled with a repressive government that cuts their wages in the name of austerity, Iraq's Kurds are demanding something better.
Memories of pre-invasion Iraq live on.
After the US invasion brought their dictator down, Iraqis' everyday lives were marked by chaos and violence.
Egyptians' revolutionary demands for 'bread, freedom and social justice' are a distant memory.
Protestors stand behind burning barricades during clashes with riot police near the Tunisian capital of Tunis in January 2018. Violent protests over price hikes raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring.
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Decentralization in the Middle East and North Africa is supposed to lead to greater public representation in municipal politics. In fact, it is largely strengthening authoritarianism.