I Fought Against Muqtada al-Sadr. Now He’s Iraq’s Best Hope.
The former militia leader who once terrorized U.S. forces has reinvented himself as an Iraqi nationalist and a pragmatist.
China Smells Opportunity in the Middle East’s Crisis
Beijing is using the region's ongoing woes to solidify its own geopolitical agenda.
North Korea Is Following the Saddam Hussein Playbook
The big question for the world is whether the United States will now follow its old Iraq playbook, too.
The United States and Europe Still Need Each Other
In the run-up to the G-7 summit, Trump seemed to forget a key lesson from history.
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?
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.
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.
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?
When Diplomacy Disappears
The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.
Iranian-Backed Militias Set Sights on U.S. Forces
Airstrikes against Syria may galvanize support against the United States.
Trump Contradicts Top Officials on Syria Policy
Two events, just minutes apart, had very different messages.
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.
Trump Can’t Afford to Forget About Iraq
Having won the war, will the United States end up yet again squandering the peace?
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.
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.
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.
Made in America, But Lost in Iraq
U.S.-made tanks that fell into militia hands have sparked a standoff with Baghdad over assistance.
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.
Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring
There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.