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.
Turkey’s Double ISIS Standard
Ankara claims to oppose the Islamic State. Its actions suggest otherwise.
Here’s What the Senate Should Ask Mike Pompeo
Democratic foreign-policy veterans want answers from Trump’s pick for secretary of state.
The U.S. Alliance With Turkey Is Worth Preserving
Ankara is a difficult friend. That doesn't mean the United States should cut it loose.
Tillerson Can’t Fix What Ails U.S. Ties With Turkey
The Trump administration’s not-so-charm offensive may have steered U.S.-Turkey relations away from the brink of collapse. That’s no cause for a victory lap just yet.
General Erdogan’s First War
Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military – and you can tell by the results.
Vladimir Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment
Russia's highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle.
How to Stop the War Between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds
Fighting between two vital U.S. allies will only strengthen Assad and Iran.
Turkey Wants to Crush U.S. Allies in Syria. That Shouldn’t Surprise Anybody.
America’s partners are at each other’s throats, and Washington doesn’t have a plan to pull them apart.
Twilight of the Kurds
Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.
Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East
And there’s no indication that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s bold moves, Saudi Arabia stands a chance of turning the tide.
The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons
The United States needs to put a stop to this flashpoint before it’s too late.
Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?
Without a plan for countering Iranian and Russian interests in Eastern Syria, the administration could find itself in a very bad place in the Middle East.
Why the Fight for Fishkhabour Is So Important for Iraqi Kurds
A month after its independence referendum, Iraqi Kurdistan is seeing its economic future threatened.
Iraqi Kurdistan Was Never Ready for Statehood
The war against the Islamic State concealed the Kurds' political and economic weaknesses. The loss of Kirkuk has made them impossible to ignore.
America Is in Denial About Iraq
The war in Iraq won’t end as long as the United States avoids deciding what it wants there.
Iraq’s Shiite Militias Are Just Getting Started
The Iranian-backed forces that took control of Kirkuk from the Kurds are setting their sights on Baghdad.
Scenes From a Failed Secession
As the Iraqi government reclaimed the city of Kirkuk, Kurdish troops had the choice to watch or flee.