A Pipeline for War

Israel's Recent Gas Deals May Exacerbate Tensions in the Middle East

Tareq Baconi
An Israeli worker turns a valve to release drilled oil, near the Dead Sea, October 9, 2006.
An Israeli worker turns a valve to release drilled oil, near the Dead Sea, October 9, 2006. (Eliana Aponte / Courtesy Reuters)
Israel's new-found gas deposits are being touted as a lifeline for peace in the Middle East. But two recent energy deals in the region are likely to cause more conflict.

An Exclusive Interview with Bashar al-Assad

The civil war in Syria will soon enter its fifth year, with no end in sight. On January 20, Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss the conflict in this exclusive interview.

Rampant Ransoms

Tom Keatinge
The main reason ransom demands have increased so dramatically might be government involvement.

How to Stop the Bleeding in Syria

David C. Litt
Syria's civil war will end with a negotiated political solution, since no single actor or group of actors has the firepower to overwhelm its opponents. It's time, then, to start mapping out a peace deal.
Narendra Modi and Barack Obama talk as they walk through Hyderabad House in New Delhi, January 25, 2015.
Peter Martin

India has long seemed unable or unwilling to become a major player on the world stage. But the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is looking to change all that. In order to compensate for a small and weak foreign service, he is tapping into India’s considerable soft power: its emigrants, intellectuals, and yogis.

Head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras speaks after winning the elections in Athens January 25, 2015.
Stathis N. Kalyvas

Talk of overturning austerity aside, Greece still needs the last 7.2 billion euro installment of the bailout to cover its financing gap. For the time being, then, the new government will need to abide by the program’s requirements—that is, the very combination of austerity and reform that Syriza has pledged to overturn. This may be enough to break the party.

A rally in memory of people who died during shelling in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, January 25, 2015.
Taras Kuzio

Putin’s goal in Ukraine is simple. He wants to rebuild “New Russia,” the Tsarist empire's term for the eight Russian-speaking regions of eastern and southern Ukraine. After months of deadlock, pro-Russian groups are resorting to terrorism to get the job done.

David James Gill and Michael John Gill

For today's cash-strapped countries, a strong credit rating can provide a huge advantages. Getting one, however, is not simply a matter of hitting the right benchmarks; it's also an exercise in strategy.

Children look on from inside a military vehicle during the funeral of Lebanon's Hezbollah commander Mohamad Issa, January 20, 20
Benedetta Berti

The reported January 18 Israeli airstrike against a Hezbollah–Iranian car convoy in southern Syria is the latest and boldest in a series of tit-for-tat operations that, since last February, have gradually eroded the old order and inched Israel and Hezbollah ever closer to a war that neither wants.

Vamsee Juluri

Whether Modi will usher in a Hindu renaissance, as his supporters hope, or contribute to the rise of Hindu nationalism, as his detractors warn, remains to be seen. For the moment, however, his words have been promising.