Terrorism Threatens a Former Oasis of Stability in West Africa
Burkina Faso managed to avoid the violence that plagued its neighbors, but a combination of poverty, unstable neighbors, and weak security forces has opened the door for extremists.
Trump Is Making the Mess in Syria Even Messier
He inherited the conflict. It’s up to him to resolve it responsibly.
Don’t Blame Everything on Erdogan
The Turkish government doesn’t have a soft spot for the Islamic State, and Ankara stands to lose more than anyone if the terrorist group makes a comeback.
The New Face of Terrorism in 2019
Forget the Middle East—it’s time to prepare for attacks from the former Soviet Union.
The United States Can’t Rely on Turkey to Defeat ISIS
Erdogan wants to confront the Kurds, not the Islamic State. Outsourcing the battle to Ankara will endanger America.
Turkey Is Lying About Fighting ISIS
Erdogan promises to finish America's fight against the Islamic State, but it's the Kurds that he's out to destroy.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2019
As U.S. leadership fades, authoritarian leaders are competing to see how much they can get away with.
France’s Existential Loneliness in Syria
Emmanuel Macron’s responsibilities in the Middle East’s biggest war are about to grow beyond his ability to fulfill them.
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.
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.
Want to Deradicalize Terrorists? Treat Them Like Everyone Else.
Many counter-extremism efforts falter because ideological reform programs run by governments lack credibility. Appealing to the basic psychological needs of ex-radicals is more promising.
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.
U.S.-Turkish Ties May Be Cut for Good in Syria
The two countries are trying to work together in Manbij, and it isn’t going well.
Iraq Is Tempting Fate by Punishing Women
The country isn't just flouting international law by collectively punishing the wives of Islamic State fighters—it's inviting a return to war.
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.
ISIS’s New Plans to Get Rich and Wreak Havoc
The terrorist organization has lost almost all its territory but has found new ways to make vast sums of money.
The United States Needs an Afghanistan Exit Strategy
Washington should hand over U.S. military and political roles to other countries, including China.
The Fight Against Terror Needs Better Data
The case of Tunisia shows that the anger of disappointed middle-class youths is driving radicalization more than poverty or unemployment.
Turkey and the United States Should Work Together to Avert Disaster in Idlib
Despite their differences, Trump and Erodgan share an interest in avoiding a new humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.
U.S.-led Coalition Set to Launch Final Fight Against ISIS in Syria
The jihadi group has lost nearly all its territory but is still seen as a threat.