Lee Smith

Lee Smith is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is also the author of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations.

The Palestinians Are To Blame for the Failed Peace Talks—But Not for the Reason You Think

Abbas is facing an internal challenge to his leadership, and that—not Israeli housing plans—is why he’s bailing on Kerry

Egypt Is on the Brink of Chaos. Here’s Why It Should Matter to Washington.

Three years after Mubarak’s fall, the country is toying with global irrelevance—except as a possible terror exporter

For Gulf Allies, Obama’s Turn Away From the Region Looks Like a Gift to Tehran

Disengagement from a region whose power structures are predicated on American management is a recipe for disaster

Why Did Obama Meet With Abbas in Washington?

The president’s Middle East policy has been about minimizing America’s role

The Bell Tolls for AIPAC, the Late, Great Pro-Israel Lobbying Group

With Washington locked in partisan warfare, the organization has to choose between being liked or winning

Robert Malley To Join National Security Council

Worked on the Arab-Israeli peace process under President Clinton

As George Kennan Inspired Truman’s Foreign Policy, Now Stephen Walt Inspires Obama’s

Plenty of pundits have jockeyed to be the top voice on the Middle East, but only one person’s ideas dominate the conversation

Learning from Barry Rubin, A Lifelong Teacher

The writer, whose new book was reviewed in Tablet today, died last night at 64

In a Landmark Case, International Court Opens Trial Against Hezbollah Operatives

But none of those charged with crimes have actually been apprehended—illustrating the limits of justice when dealing with terrorists

If Israel Makes Arabs Mad at the U.S., Our Partnership With Iran Will Make Them Even Madder

In fighting a mutual enemy—Sunni militants—with Tehran’s support, the Obama Administration risks alienating Sunni allies

In 2013, America Swapped Its Sledgehammer for a Scalpel. Here’s Who Won and Lost.

The Pax Americana is over in the Middle East, and now the jockeying starts to see who will come out ahead

Why Obama’s Engagement With Iran Will Create a More Violent Middle East

Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come

For Obama, Iran Talks Are Also About Testing the Limits of American Jewish Power

In Washington, the president and his allies are using the nuclear issue to drive a wedge between Israel and its U.S. interlocutors

Why Gay Marriage—Not AIPAC—May Determine Whether Bibi Bombs Iran

Supporting Israel requires American evangelical Christians to square their theological beliefs with the modern Jewish state. Can they?

The Arab-Israeli Peace Process Is Over. Enter the Era of Chaos.

The theater of the peace process was key to U.S. hegemony in the Middle East—and without the process, there will be no peace

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