The United States needs to put a stop to this flashpoint before it’s too late.
Without a plan for countering Iranian and Russian interests in Eastern Syria, the administration could find itself in a very bad place in the Middle East.
The war against the Islamic State concealed the Kurds' political and economic weaknesses. The loss of Kirkuk has made them impossible to ignore.
The war in Iraq won’t end as long as the United States avoids deciding what it wants there.
The Iranian-backed forces that took control of Kirkuk from the Kurds are setting their sights on Baghdad.
As the Iraqi government reclaimed the city of Kirkuk, Kurdish troops had the choice to watch or flee.
Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum sparked a showdown with Baghdad, leaving Washington fighting the Islamic State and Tehran taking advantage.
The president talks a big game about standing up to Iran — but will he do anything about Iranian-backed militias attacking America's staunchest allies?
The Iraqi prime minister has held his country together amid war and financial crisis. His next battle is to win re-election.
Frantic negotiations headed off a confrontation, but tensions are rising in the region.
America should calm the waters, begin the search for compromises, and keep the very worst from happening.
The war of words in Iraq is escalating, but Baghdad has not yet cut off oil exports or shifted troops.
A brief cross-cultural exchange shows why political philosophy matters and why our strategic alliances require a nuanced approach.