The United States and its allies are ramping up efforts to strangle the terrorist group's main source of income, though it's still unclear just how much oil the Islamic State pumps and sells.
With the Islamic State on their doorstep, Kurdish leaders have scaled back their once grandiose ambitions to focus on ensuring the survival of their enclave.
Everyone talks about the "failure" of the Arab revolts that began in 2011. But the story isn't over yet.
Marauding pro-government militias are using the fight against the Islamic State as a pretext to destroy Sunni Arab communities across the country.
Yes, the fight for democratic values is hard -- especially now. But that's no reason to give up.
In Saudi Arabia, a new generation is pushing back against the government’s embrace of fundamentalism. But is the kingdom ready for nonbelievers?
The Bahraini government has been working overtime to crush pro-democracy activists. But what about followers of the Islamic State?