The Fight for ISIS’s Old Territory Is Just Beginning
A host of forces including Turkish and Iranian proxies to Russian troops and Syrian government forces are jockeying for control of the lands that once were held by the Islamic State.
‘We Are Telegraphing Abandonment’
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy slams the Trump administration for withholding aid to Lebanon.
Sending Refugees Back Makes the World More Dangerous
Repatriating refugees to dangerous countries violates international law and breeds conflict, instability, and future crises. Regional work visas and long-term integration into host countries are more promising solutions.
The Future of Iraq’s Oil Is Russian
With ongoing protests making other investors nervous, Moscow is charging ahead.
Shades of Saddam
With killings, beatings, and disappearances, the Iraqi government is growing more authoritarian in response to the protests.
Enraged Iraqi Protesters Blame Iran for Killings
Many demonstrators see Tehran’s hand in widespread violence and support for the embattled prime minister.
The Conditions That Created ISIS Still Exist
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death won’t eliminate the threat of Islamist extremism so long as autocratic regimes continue to hold sway in the Middle East.
Baghdadi’s Death Will Make Global Affiliates More Independent
The Islamic State’s next leader will have a hard time bringing disparate groups with competing agendas together.
The Arab World’s Revolution Against Sectarianism
Lebanon and Iraq are rising up against constitutions that have empowered religious factions—and enabled their corruption.
Iran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show
Tehran may be good at winning influence, but it is bad at ruling after that.
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.
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.
In Iraq, Protesters Are Sick of Corruption and Foreign Influence
The firing of a wildly popular general who led the fight against ISIS has set off demonstrations that could threaten the country’s stability.
Angry Iraqis Demand New Government
After 15 years of corruption, Iraqi protesters have finally reached a breaking point. Some even want military rule.