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A woman chants slogans as she holds an Iranian flag during an anti-Israeli gathering in Tehran on April 19, 2024. Israel reportedly retaliated against Iran on April 19 for its drone-and-missile assault on Israel a week earlier. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Israel hits back at Iran: How domestic politics is determining Israeli actions

Israel’s latest missile strike on Iran may be more a face-saving exercise aimed at satisfying members of its coalition government than a true escalation of hostilities.
In this photo released by the Iranian Presidency Office, President Ebrahim Raisi, right, greets the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, at the start of their meeting at his office in Tehran in June 2023. (Iranian Presidency Office, via AP)

Iran has so far resisted direct involvement in the Gaza war, but is that changing?

Iran prefers to engage Israel through its proxies, but the risk of escalation makes this a dangerous strategy.
A U.K. military aircraft takes off to participate in a joint U.S.-U.K. mission against Houthis. UK Ministry of Defence/Anadolu via Getty Images

Biden’s use of military in Yemen upsets congressional progressives, but fits with long tradition of presidents exercising commander in chief’s power

In the wake of US attacks against Houthi militants in Yemen, a scholar of presidential power to use the military examines the history and present of the laws around US military action.
A billboard depicts the leaders of the Houthis, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images

How much influence does Iran have over its proxy ‘Axis of Resistance’ − Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthis?

Iran has expanded its network of partners across the Middle East. But it isn’t a simple case of Tehran dictating the terms of the alliance.
This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows an aircraft launching from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Red Sea on Jan. 22, 2024. American and British forces bombed targets in eight locations used by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, the second time the two allies have done so. (Kaitlin Watt/U.S. Navy via AP)

Western strikes against Houthis risk igniting a powderkeg in the Middle East

Since the outset of Israel’s invasion of Gaza, the West has aimed to prevent the conflict from escalating regionally. But strikes on the Houthis in Yemen by the U.S. and the U.K. may ensure it will.
The Socotra Dragon Tree, Dracaena cinnabari, is one of the archipelago’s unique species. Zaruba Ondrej/Shutterstock

Socotra archipelago: why the Emiratis have set their sights on the Arab world’s Garden of Eden

Long a well-kept secret, the archipelago of Socotra is one of the most biodiverse on earth. But the Emirates have other plans for its main island, with which it has long cultivated ties.

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