James Phillips is the senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He has written extensively on Middle Eastern issues and international terrorism since 1978.

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September 6, 2018, 3:53 PM EDT
Last week, the State Department announced that the Trump administration had concluded an internal review and decided to end all U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
August 28, 2018, 10:35 AM EDT
The commander of the navy of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Gen. Alireza Tangsiri, warned on Monday that Iran maintained control of the Persian Gulf and that the U.S. Navy did not belong there.
July 2, 2018, 12:44 PM EDT
On Sunday, protests spontaneously erupted in Tehran, Iran’s capital, as cellphone shop owners shut down their shops and demonstrated against the plummeting value of Iran’s currency, the rial, which has devastated their businesses.
May 9, 2018, 9:18 AM EDT
President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, taking it off life support after months of warning that the flawed 2015 agreement needed to be ended or mended.
February 12, 2018, 4:00 PM EST
An Iranian drone flying into Israeli airspace Saturday triggered a mushrooming crisis involving retaliatory strikes and counterstrikes in Syria.
January 2, 2018, 4:22 PM EST
Iran has been rocked by a wave of protests against the Islamist regime since Dec. 28. Popular demonstrations ignited by smoldering resentment about Iran’s mismanaged economy quickly escalated to political denunciations of Tehran’s rulers.
October 12, 2017, 9:57 AM EDT
President Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not like the flawed and risky 2015 Iran nuclear agreement that he inherited from the Obama administration.
May 22, 2017, 10:55 AM EDT
The election will change little in Iran.
February 6, 2017, 12:10 PM EST
Iran and the United States appear to be on a collision course.
November 10, 2016, 2:54 PM EST
Trump’s election has discomforted foreign leaders, especially in Iran.
October 18, 2016, 4:15 PM EDT
The long-awaited Iraqi offensive is underway to retake Mosul.
September 21, 2016, 12:25 PM EDT
N.Y.C. and N.J. dodged a bullet on Saturday.
September 9, 2016, 10:17 AM EDT
The more news that leaks out about the Iran nuclear deal and the administration’s Iran policy, the worse they look.
August 23, 2016, 3:01 PM EDT
This is part of the hazardous legacy that Obama will leave for the next president.
July 26, 2016, 8:20 AM EDT
Iran plans to escalate its uranium enrichment efforts with Obama's blessing.
July 14, 2016, 4:31 PM EDT
Iran continues to pursue the hostile policies that make it dangerous to the United States and its allies.
May 9, 2016, 9:51 AM EDT
Now that the Obama administration is spiraling down to a sputtering end, the misguided architects of its disastrous Middle East policies are clamoring to defend what they see as Obama’s positive legacy in the Iran nuclear deal.
February 22, 2016, 10:47 AM EST
The apocalyptic ideology that propels the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) is by now well known. Much less widely known are the use of chemical weapons by ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the disappearance of radioactive materials in Iraq that could be used in a “dirty bomb,” a radiological weapon of mass destruction (WMD).
February 16, 2016, 10:24 AM EST
Washington has succumbed to another diplomatic mirage: the Russian promise of a limited pause in the intensifying war in Syria.
January 7, 2016, 4:35 PM EST
Saudi-Iranian relations have fallen to a new low after Saudi Arabia executed a Shiite cleric on Jan. 2 and Iran’s theocratic dictatorship responded with ominous threats, the sacking of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, and an attack on the Saudi consulate in Mashhad.