Iraq

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ISIS Inc.

Despite its defeat on the battlefield, the Islamic State is using Iraq’s black market to stockpile millions of dollars to fuel its coming insurgency.

Supporters wave flags as they wait for Masoud Barzani’s arrival during a rally in Erbil, Iraq, on Sept. 22, 2017, for the independence referendum later that month. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Twilight of the Kurds

Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.

Iraqi forces on Nov. 4, 2017 after capturing the town of al Qaim from the Islamic State. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Coalition Analysis Warns of Potential Islamic State Resurgence

The militant group is on the run, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be back.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28 in Washington, DC. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images)

Does Trump’s National Security Strategy Have a Values Deficit?

The administration notices growing competition with authoritarian countries, but skirts around the source of conflict.

(Cover of Illusions of Victory by Carter Malkasian. Publisher: Oxford University Press. )

Excerpt From ‘Illusions of Victory’: Here’s Why the Iraqi Awakening Broke Down

In Iraq, the U.S invasion toppled over society and let sectarian dynamics run their course.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Pearce sits next to a young boy during a visit to Shiek Burhan Al Asee's house during a patrol of the Riyahd village in Iraq on March 8, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)

Quote of the day: For what purpose would you need a combat rocking chair?

Answer: For a military chaplain to hold and comfort wounded and dying Iraqi children.

On this episode of The E.R., editor-in-chief Jonathan Tepperman and the panel discuss what's next for the Middle East.

What’s Next for the Middle East?

Career diplomats talk Syria, Iran from a local perspective.

Iraqi fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border on Nov. 3.  (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Caliphate Is Destroyed, But the Islamic State Lives On

Why the United States can’t be complacent about undermining the remnants of the terrorist group.

Then-Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 opening ceremony in Hangzhou, China on Sep. 4, 2016. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool/Getty Images)

Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East

And there’s no indication that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s bold moves, Saudi Arabia stands a chance of turning the tide.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department on November 20, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson Is Underrated

A revisionist assessment of the Trump administration’s beleaguered Secretary of State.

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Babylon Revisited: Melancholy Thoughts After a Short Trip to Washington, D.C.

As a young reporter in political Washington in the late 1980s, I noticed that there was a type of person who thrived in the driven, transactional environment of the capital.

The insignia of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on a member's uniform in al-Karamah, Syria on May 10. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons

The United States needs to put a stop to this flashpoint before it’s too late.

A U.S. Marine stands guard Apr. 14, 1993 from his position on an armored personnel carrier at a check-point in Mogadishu. (Eric Cabanis/AFP/GettyImages)

Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy

Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.

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