Middle East & Africa
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Halkbank Indictment Turbocharges U.S.-Turkey Tensions

After a long, mysterious delay, the Trump administration finally targets the Turkish bank for helping Iran to evade U.S. sanctions. Don’t expect Ankara to cooperate.

The chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, poses with a picture of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Nobel Institute in Oslo on October 11, 2019.

Will Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Prize Tilt Ethiopia’s Election?

Western leaders long saw the authoritarian Meles Zenawi as an indispensable ally. Now, they’ve found a new hero in Abiy Ahmed. But is the Nobel Prize an effort to make amends or influence Ethiopia’s political future?

Yemeni supporters of the Houthi movement rally in Sanaa.

How to End the War in Yemen

Since the September attack on Saudi oil facilities, Riyadh and the Houthis have taken a step back from all-out war. All parties, including the United States, should seize this rare opportunity to resolve the conflict.

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran meets U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The Secret Origins of the U.S.-Kurdish Relationship Explain Today’s Disaster

The seeds of Washington’s abandonment of the Kurds traces back to a classified document written in the 1970s by Henry Kissinger.

A refugee camp near Suruc in southern Turkey, across the border from Kobani in February 2016. Many Kurds fled Kobani and other areas of Syria in 2014 to escape the Islamic State. Now, with a new war launched by Turkey near their homes, people are fleeing again.

Turkey’s War in Syria Was Not Inevitable

U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters evacuate a wounded comrade near the Syrian border.

If We Have to Choose Between Compromise and Genocide, We Will Choose Our People

The Kurds’ commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.

Members of the Iraqi Army load suspected Islamic State jihadis into a truck as they leave the courts before going to jail south of Mosul on Dec. 6, 2016.

Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner’s Dilemma

New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.

A picture of Nobel laureate Abiy Ahmed on display in Norway.

Abiy’s Nobel Achievements Are Real but Brittle

Ethiopia is on the right course. But there’s much more to be done.

A document produced during the investigation into U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold's death.

How Race Hampered the Investigation Into Dag Hammarskjold’s Death

Testimony of African eyewitnesses to the U.N. secretary-general’s death was dismissed because of their lack of education and perceived susceptibility to political manipulation.

A Peshmerga soldier places a Kurdish flag near the front line with the Islamic State in Iraq.

There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds

The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Pentagon Chief: ‘We Are Not Abandoning the Kurds’

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision to withdraw troops from the Turkey-Syria border even while sending additional forces to Saudi Arabia.

Migrants at a detention center in Zawiyah, west of Tripoli, on June 17, 2017.

The U.N. Is Leaving Migrants to Die in Libya

The European Union is funding the Libyan coast guard to keep migrants out of Europe and detain them in a failed state—and that leaves them at the mercy of militias and human traffickers.

Turkish infantry prepare to enter Syria on the border between Turkey and Syria.

The War for Post-U.S. Syria Has Begun

As the Trump administration withdraws its troops from northern Syria, the country is becoming a regional free-for-all.

A Turkish military vehicle in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha near the border with Turkey on Sept. 24

Trump’s Capitulation to Erdogan Destroys U.S. Credibility

By abandoning America’s Kurdish partners in Syria, the White House has sent a message to allies everywhere that Washington can’t be trusted. 

Iraqi protesters speak to police

Angry Iraqis Demand New Government

After 15 years of corruption, Iraqi protesters have finally reached a breaking point. Some even want military rule.

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