Arab World

Dispatch

Too Many, Too Late

Syria’s beleaguered moderate rebels have been begging for U.S. airstrikes for years. Now that the bombs are falling, they wish Washington would send its planes back home.

David Kenner |

Report

The Case Against Qatar

The tiny, gas-rich emirate has pumped tens of millions of dollars through obscure funding networks to hard-line Syrian rebels and extremist Salafists, building a foreign policy that punches above its weight. After years of acquiescing -- even taking advantage of its ally's meddling -- Washington may finally be punching back.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

COLUMN

Bad Moon Rising

Behind the scenes at the U.N., a more unsettling story emerges of Syria, Iraq, and fighting the Islamic State.

David J. Rothkopf |

Argument

Keep It Black

Egypt's government is preparing to domesticate the country's informal economy. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea.

Rachel Williamson |

COLUMN

Americanasaurus and the March to War in Syria

The 6 fictions we have to stop telling ourselves about Obama, the Islamic State, and what the United States can and can't do to save Iraq and Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Arab War on Terror

Obama's Middle East allies are signing up for the fight against the Islamic State. But it's not for the reason you think.

James Traub |

Lab Report

Either With Us or Against Us

As Turkey's ruling party consolidates its power, the space for free expression narrows. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.

Vanessa H. Larson |

Argument

How the Islamic State Took Turkey Hostage

The 49 Turkish diplomats captured by the jihadist group in Mosul may now be free, but Ankara still has many reasons to think twice about confronting the extremists on its border.  

Henri J. Barkey |

COLUMN

The Coalition of Convenience

The U.S. needs to take a cold, hard look at the ulterior motives of its partners in the war against the Islamic State.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

'Our Hands and Arms Are Tied'

Turkey may be the most important U.S. coalition partner in the fight against the Islamic State. But getting it on board won't be easy.

Piotr Zalewski |

Argument

These Boots Were Made for Fighting

The president is right to be wary of putting troops on the ground in Iraq. But he’s wrong to rule it out.

James F. Jeffrey |

Report

Exploding World, Cheap Oil

Geopolitical crises abound, but oil producers are still pumping -- and pumping more than the world needs.

Keith Johnson |