The U.S.-Iraqi Relationship Is Coming to a Head—and That’s a Good Thing
After 17 years, there is little love left between Washington and Baghdad. Upcoming talks may be the last opportunity to save their dysfunctional partnership.
The Kurds Are the Nation-State’s Latest Victims
The global order has been stuck with states since 1648. It’s time to move on.
The Secret Origins of the U.S.-Kurdish Relationship Explain Today’s Disaster
The seeds of Washington’s abandonment of the Kurds traces back to a classified document written in the 1970s by Henry Kissinger.
An Angry Congress Prepares to Rebuke Trump Over Kurds
Lawmakers expect to get a veto-proof majority backing sanctions against Turkey.
Defying Pentagon, Trump Endorses Turkish Operation in Syria
The move caught senior defense officials by surprise.
How to Keep the Lights on in Kurdistan
Caught between the United States and Iran, Iraq is facing deep energy insecurity. In Kurdistan, the solution may be solar power.
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.
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.