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.
Islamic State Fighters Are Back, and This Time They’re Taking Up Arms With Shiite Militias
A strange alliance between Sunnis and Shiites is sure to leave Iraq worse off.
Jeremy Corbyn Has a Soft Spot for Extremists
The British Labour leader misses no opportunity to condemn the West, but he’s full of praise for violent revolutionaries.
This Is Where Iran Defeats the United States
Iraq’s Kurdish kingmakers used to side with Washington. Now, Tehran seems like a more attractive partner.
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.