Russia’s Gas Web Ensnares Europe
New pipeline projects throughout the Middle East could boost Russian influence there while also ensuring the country’s role as the prime supplier of energy to Europe.
U.S. Eyes Plans to Cut Diplomatic Staff in Afghanistan, Iraq
Officials say it's time to shift diplomatic resources to countering China and Russia.
ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success
The amorphous Boko Haram splinter group is taking inspiration where it can get it and bringing disaster to the Lake Chad Basin in the process.
Inside the Fall of the Islamic State
On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.
Iraq Prepares to Evict U.S. Troops
Pro-Iran factions are pushing for the move just as the Islamic State is starting to hit back.
For Kurdish Smugglers, Iran Sanctions Are Starting to Bite
The kolbars brave subfreezing temperatures and border guards’ bullets to carry heavy loads over the mountains in an unemployment-plagued region that Iran’s government has all but forgotten.
What Comes After ISIS?
The United States is good at using military might to defeat terrorists—but without a plan for clean, competent governance in areas once ruled by the Islamic State, the threat will remain.
All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War
The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.
Pentagon Seeks Massive Increase for ‘Slush Fund’ War Account
Contingency coffers could reach levels not seen since the Iraq surge.
Will Iraq’s Old Divisions Undermine Its New Prime Minister?
In his first hundred days on the job, Adel Abdul Mahdi has hit entrenched political roadblocks to choosing cabinet ministers and changing a system of political patronage.
How U.S. Mission Creep in Syria and Iraq Could Trigger War With Iran
One previously unreported incident from 2017 illustrates the risks of Trump’s latest plan.
Shame on the Arabs
Many Arab rulers have revealed their moral bankruptcy by rekindling ties with Syria and embracing a war criminal.
The New Face of Terrorism in 2019
Forget the Middle East—it’s time to prepare for attacks from the former Soviet Union.
U.S. Sanctions on Iran Will Harm Iraq
Baghdad is heavily dependent on trade with Tehran. Without an exemption from Washington, Iraqis—and the stability of the country—will suffer.
Start Small to Stop the Next ISIS
One year on from the defeat of the Islamic State, the new U.S. Congress should draw on lessons learned from efforts to counter violent extremism.
George H.W. Bush’s Misunderstood Presidency
The late 41st U.S. president’s prudence was once derided as the wimp factor, but it has aged well.
ISIS May Be Gone, But Iraq’s Yazidis Are Still Suffering
The defeat of the Islamic State has created a power vacuum in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, leaving the Yazidi minority at the mercy of competing militias.
Northern Iraq May Be Free, but the South Is Seething
The world has focused on rebuilding the country’s north after defeating the Islamic State while ignoring festering resentment and poverty in Basra.
Mohammed bin Salman Is the Next Saddam Hussein
In the 1980s, the United States embraced a brutal Middle Eastern tyrant simply because he opposed Iran. Washington should not repeat the same mistake today.
Two years after deciding to leave the European Union, many Brits want a second vote on Brexit.