Regions / Iran
The Middle East is hardly a cheery place these days. But there's one silver lining: The Iran deal is paying off big.
Saudi Arabia is acting panicked by Iran’s rise.
One goal of Saudi Arabia’s recent mass executions, including a prominent Shiite cleric, was to goad Iran into over-reacting.
Economists said the market would save the planet. It didn't.
By raising sectarian temperatures throughout the Middle East, the Saudis risk escalating the unaffordable proxy wars they’ve already bogged themselves down in.
2015 had more than its share of bad news. But it also saw groundbreaking victories on climate, marriage equality, the drug war, and diplomacy.
America’s leading Sunni ally is proving how easily hubris, delusion, and old-fashioned ineptitude can trump even bottomless wealth.
Giving President Obama his due on foreign policy for using the constructive conflict approach.
As with Saudi Arabia, the U.S. has long kept bad company: the Shah of Iran, Pinochet, the Greek Colonels, the contras.
Despite Washington's move toward detente with Iran, other regional conflicts — especially in Israel-Palestine, where an "intifada of knives" is underway — are looking as volatile as ever.