Russia’s Payback Will Be Syria’s Reconstruction Money
But international donors—and Bashar al-Assad—aren't playing along yet.
The Post-Caliphate Caliph
A new video by the leader of the Islamic State proves he is committed to fighting the long fight.
Among Displaced Iraqis, One Group Is Worse Off Than the Rest
Internal refugees with perceived ties to the Islamic State suffer abuse and sexual exploitation in camps.
How the U.S. Miscounted the Dead in Syria
Rights groups say U.S.-led coalition killed many more civilians than previously disclosed in the battle against the Islamic State.
Russia’s Gas Web Ensnares Europe
New pipeline projects throughout the Middle East could boost Russian influence there while also ensuring the country’s role as the prime supplier of energy to Europe.
‘The 21st-Century Space Race Is On’
Michael Waltz, Congress’s first Green Beret, talks about the new Space Force and America’s budding commercial launch industry.
Syria’s Refugees Begin Their Journey Home
Thanks to a newly opened border crossing with Jordan, migrants are heading back to their country. But their ordeal is far from over.
ISIS Has Not Been Defeated. It’s Alive and Well in Southern Syria.
While Washington celebrates victory, the Islamic State is regrouping, and the Assad regime is letting it happen.
ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success
The amorphous Boko Haram splinter group is taking inspiration where it can get it and bringing disaster to the Lake Chad Basin in the process.
Arab Regimes Are the World’s Most Powerful Islamophobes
Middle Eastern governments have forged alliances with right-wing groups in the West dedicated to anti-Islam bigotry.
Inside the Fall of the Islamic State
On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.
How Bibi’s Bestie at the White House Is Helping Him Win the Israeli Election
With a political gift and a photo-op, Trump signals whose side he’s on.
How Citizen Journalists Solved the Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
On the podcast: The founder of the group Bellingcat on using open sources to investigate war crimes and abuses.
Europe Doesn’t Even Agree on Assad Anymore
The latest issue to divide the EU is whether to recognize the legitimacy of Syria’s dictator and help him rebuild his country.
From Refugee to Resident
Displaced people may live in host countries for decades. Here’s how to manage their stays.
الربيع العربي لم ينته بعد
روح الربيع العربي لا تزال مستمرة كما أظهرت الاحتجاجات الكبيرة في الجزائر والسودان.
Don’t Believe the Russian Hype
Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.
400 American Troops Can’t Do Anything
If the president wants to withdraw from Syria, he might as well just withdraw.
Teenage Terrorists Aren’t Lost Forever
Even ISIS recruits can be reintegrated into society, if the approach is right.
What Comes After ISIS?
The United States is good at using military might to defeat terrorists—but without a plan for clean, competent governance in areas once ruled by the Islamic State, the threat will remain.