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The USS Arlington – which is being sent to the Gulf as part of a naval strike group. David Hecker/EPA

Is a war coming between the US and Iran?

Both Iran and the US say they are not seeking a war, but it could happen by default.
Three British teenagers, including Shamima Begum, center, left the U.K. to join the Islamic State in 2015. Begum wants to return home now. AP/Metropolitan Police

Is it more dangerous to let Islamic State foreign fighters from the West return or prevent them from coming back?

Many of the men and women who left homes in the West to join ISIS or similar terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq as fighters or supporters now want to come home. Should they be allowed back?
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a 2014 press conference in Bahrain. AP/Hasan Jamali

Why Jamal Khashoggi’s murder took place in a consulate

Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder happened at a consulate, a space not subject to the laws of the host country, Turkey. That means the alleged murderers did not fear interference by local authorities.
The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions. Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

New sanctions on Russia and Iran are unlikely to work. Here’s why

American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.
Mike Pompeo was confirmed as U.S. secretary of state on April 26. Leah Millis/Reuters

Pompeo confirmation makes Mideast war more likely

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.
Sens. Bob Corker and Bob Menendez look on during the second round of questioning of Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Senate confirmation: The grilling can be grueling

Senate confirmation for many of President Trump's nominees has been tough. In this speed read, The Conversation asks: What is Senate confirmation, and why do we do it?
The newly nominated secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is a foreign policy hawk who opposes the Iran nuclear deal. Scrapping it could unleash a chain reaction of violence across the Middle East. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Pompeo’s confirmation will make Mideast war more likely

Trump's pick to lead the State Department believes Iran is 'intent on destroying America.' But ending the Iran nuclear deal could unleash a violent chain reaction, a Mideast scholar says.

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