Iraq

Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr attends the demonstration against the western bombings of Syria, which he called for, on april 15, 2018, in Najaf. (HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq’s Top 10 Potential Prime Ministers

Will it be the Harvard- and MIT-educated mandarin, the coveralls-wearing man of the people — or someone else the world has never heard of?

U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House after announcing his decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal on May 8. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the End of the Iran Deal Mark the Beginning of an Iran Strategy?

The time is ripe for a U.S. approach based on pushing Iranian domestic politics into crisis.

A member of the Iraqi security forces after voting in Baghdad on May 10. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

As Iraq Goes to the Polls, the U.S. and Iran Hang Back

For the first time since the military defeat of the Islamic State, Iraqis are voting for a new parliament. And Tehran and Washington aren’t getting in the way.

A torn up campaign poster for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, for the upcoming parliamentary elections in the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region Arbil. (SAFIN HAMED / AFP)

Welcome to Iraq’s First Post-Sectarian Election

Iraqi politicians are finally crossing ethnic and religious lines. But how long can the good vibes last?

A Turkish tank on a hilltop overlooking the Turkey-Syria border on Oct. 9, 2014. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

When Diplomacy Disappears

The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.

A U.S. convoy of armored vehicles on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij on March 5, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian-Backed Militias Set Sights on U.S. Forces

Airstrikes against Syria may galvanize support against the United States.

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The Arab World’s Star Student

What Tunisia can teach its neighbors about the value of education.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles near the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Contradicts Top Officials on Syria Policy

Two events, just minutes apart, had very different messages.

A member of the Iraqi security forces walks past an Islamic State logo on the outskirts of Mosul on March 1, 2017. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS 2.0 Is Really Just the Original ISIS

Without territory, the Islamic State has quickly reverted back to its origins as a terrorist group.

Members of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces in the city of Basra watch a televised statement by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Dec. 9, 2017. (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Can’t Afford to Forget About Iraq

Having won the war, will the United States end up yet again squandering the peace?

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston on Aug. 29, 2009. (Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images)

The Middle East’s Age of Innocence Is Over

The traditional object of the West’s romantic foreign-policy visions is now the graveyard of its idealism.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., tours a U.S.-funded supermarket in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on May 21, 2017.  (Raad Adayleh/AFP/Getty Images)

Haley: Vote With U.S. at U.N. or We’ll Cut Your Aid

In a proposed aid overhaul, Nikki Haley embraces an “America first” foreign policy.

A burning mural of Saddam Hussein in Kirkuk on April 11, 2003. (Patrick Barth/Getty Images)

Baathism Caused the Chaos in Iraq and Syria

The United States invaded the Levant 15 years ago – but the region’s scorched-earth ideology has kept the fire burning.

An Iraqi army M1A1 Abrams tank on its way to Mosul, on Nov. 4, 2016. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Made in America, But Lost in Iraq

U.S.-made tanks that fell into militia hands have sparked a standoff with Baghdad over assistance.

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk  during a Pentagon briefing in Arlington, VA, on May 19, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Ready to Scrap Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition

With the Islamic State on the brink of military defeat, the State Department is poised to eliminate the office charged with coordinating the fight.

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