Iran is a political, military, and economic power across the Middle East with rippling impact globally. Its Axis of Resistance—a network of allies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen—has transformed the regional balance of power, even sparked wars. Its military ties with Russia and economic trade with China have altered global alliances. Its nuclear advances worry much of the world. Understanding the ideology, strategy and goals of the Islamic Republic are critical to effective and enduring foreign policy decisions.
The Iran Primer
See the latest on Iran's possible involvement in the Hamas attack and its continued diplomacy and reactions to the fallout.
Learn more about Hamas and how it relates to similarly aligned organizations throughout the region.
The Hamas-Israel War and Regional Security in MENA
Hamas' unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7 and the ongoing Hamas-Israel war in Gaza will have political and security implications across the Middle East and North Africa region. The humanitarian dimension with surging death tolls amongst innocent civilians in Israel and in Gaza is at the heart of this conflict.
Author and columnist for The New Yorker
James F. Jeffrey
Former ambassador to Iraq and Turkey, and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS
Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Former Ambassador to Pakistan, Lebanon, and Jordan