• Commentary

    Iran Feels Cornered by the Biden Administration

    All of this regional activity is happening with the U.S. quietly coordinating in the background, encouraging some moves while discouraging or ignoring others (such as the overtures to Assad), but overall engaging in much more diplomacy across the region ahead of the nuclear talks with Iran that resumed this week after a five-month hiatus.

    • Diwan

    An Excommunication in Damascus

    In an interview, Thomas Pierret explains what was behind the effective abrogation of the position of mufti in Syria.

    • Diwan

    Open Invitations

    By encouraging outside powers to have a stake in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s foes may create spaces to contain Iran.

    • Diwan

    Keeping an Eye on Baghdad

    In an interview, Ali Hashem discusses Iran’s role following an apparent assassination attempt against Iraq’s prime minister.

    • Diwan

    Beirut for Ma’rib?

    Rising pressure against Lebanon from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states may well be tied to Hezbollah’s role in Yemen.

    • Commentary

    Russia Is No Mideast Superpower

    There is no question that Washington’s position in the broader Middle East was dented by the fiasco in Afghanistan. Ultimately, however, U.S. assets in the region are still unrivaled: the United States’ political and economic influence, hard power, soft power, embrace of multilateral diplomacy, and leadership of a rules-based global order continue to give it the upper hand over all its rivals.

    • Diwan

    Low Turnout, High Drama

    Iraq’s parliamentary elections show a shift in the balance of power in favor of Moqtada al-Sadr and Nouri al-Maliki.

    • Event

    Carnegie Connects: A Conversation with Robert Malley, U.S. Special Envoy for Iran

    Aaron David Miller welcomes Robert Malley, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, to discuss the future of the Iran deal and how the United States can contain Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional aspirations.

    • Diwan

    Pivoting Away From America

    Regional and international actors are accumulating cards to engage in a new Middle Eastern power game.

    • Commentary

    Deciphering Iran’s Nuclear Strategy

    The IAEA director general and U.S. secretary of state have recently voiced heightened concerns over the direction of Iran’s nuclear program and frustrations with the lack of diplomatic progress. Yet these developments are entirely predictable for those who closely study the logic behind Iran’s nuclear ambitions and patterns of behavior.

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