In the Troubled Middle East, Obama Will Confront Multiple Crises

The list of challenges is long: Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, Syria, and a damaged U.S. brand.


Obama, like his predecessors, will find the Middle East a magnet for any presidential attention he is able to give.

  • Read more about The World Obama Inherits.
  • Read about Iran's nuclear challenge.
  • Read about containing North Korea's nuclear breakout.
  • Read about how China will test the Obama administration.
  • Read about why Russia may become a big problem.