Home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, Iran is seen as a force for stability by some and as a threat by others in a volatile region. Either way, it's one of west Asia's two major democracies — archrival Israel is the other — and a regional power. The majority Shia nation is a middle-income country, boasts one the world's largest oil and gas reserves, and is home to ancient archaeological wonders.

Biden's Big Iran Challenge Looms

President Joe Biden has a small window for resetting with Tehran.

Butterfly Effect: Message Behind Biden’s Picks — From Trump to Trust

Biden's choices suggest a pivot to Africa, a return to traditional friendships and a turn to steady diplomacy.


Real Talk Real Change

Compelling conversations on race to meet the moment.

Brazilian Bots are Targeting the U.S. Election Process to Help Trump

Twitter accounts supportive of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are trying to undermine the credibility of the U.

Butterfly Effect: Biden's Trump Card

Trump's foreign policy approach — and his refusal to leave quietly — could serve as surprising arrows in President-elect Joe Biden's diplomatic quiver.

Why Russia, China and Iran Love Twitter — Without Really Being on It

President Trump’s extensive use of Twitter to issue diplomatic threats leaves one country the most vulnerable: the U.

Is War Next for 2020?

The drumbeat of war is growing louder — from Asia to the Mediterranean to the U.

Butterfly Effect: In a Trump 2.0, MBZ Could Be the New MBS

The US president is hedging his bets in the Middle East, and he’s not depending only on Saudi Arabia.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

Butterfly Effect: China Doublespeak Will Backfire on America

The Trump administration wants to woo ordinary Chinese and Iranian citizens — while restricting their entry to America.

Is Venezuela Harboring Hezbollah Extremists?

Concerns that Nicolás Maduro’s regime might be sheltering Hezbollah militants are complicating an already strained relationship.

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