Middle East

COLUMN

Netanyahu's Not Chickenshit, the White House Is

The administration is a coward for not saying what it really thinks about the special relationship with Israel.

Stephen M. Walt |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Report

Imminent Threat?

In September, the administration said the Khorasan Group was about to attack America. But the terrorist group seems to have fallen off the radar.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Is Gen. John Allen in Over His Head?

President Obama’s point man in the fight against the Islamic State faces a ruthless foe. But his detractors at home -- even in the Pentagon -- may be his biggest enemy.

Mark Perry |

Dispatch

'A Declaration of War' in Jerusalem

As Mahmoud Abbas rails against the Temple Mount closing, a volatile and divided city is poised to explode.

Gregg Carlstrom |

Report

Afghanistan Going off the Rails as U.S. Withdrawal Speeds Up

Insurgent attacks rise as poppy cultivation reaches a post-Taliban high in Afghanistan.

Gopal Ratnam |

COLUMN

Middle East Meltdown

In a region now crowded with failed states, a murderous terrorist group has gained a foothold, changing the power dynamics and the United States needs to pay attention.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Lawyers, Guns, and Mujahideen

Inside Syria’s sharia court system.

Maxwell Martin |

Dispatch

Questioning the Faith in the Cradle of Islam

In Saudi Arabia, a new generation is pushing back against the government’s embrace of fundamentalism. But is the kingdom ready for nonbelievers?

Caryle Murphy |

Dispatch

ISIS in the Suburbs

The Iraqi Army claims that Baghdad is secure. But in Abu Ghraib, just 40 minutes away, the Islamic State’s presence can be felt everywhere.

Susannah George |

Dispatch

The Forgotten Yazidis

The refugees who once captured the world's attention now sit outside the spotlight, wondering how they will survive the winter.

Sheren Khalel |

Report

Children of the Caliphate

The Islamic State is raising an army of child soldiers, and the West could be fighting them for generations to come.

Kate Brannen |

Report

A Nuclear Deal Might Not Set Off an Iranian Business Boom

Discord between the White House and Congress over any potential deal with Tehran could keep foreign companies from racing back into Iran.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

The Internet Is Not the Enemy

Global efforts to stop the Islamic State should not come at the expense of online freedom. Let the world see the depravity of their ideology.

Jillian C. York |

COLUMN

It's Not Washington's Fault

Not only is it wrong to blame the Islamic State's rise on the U.S. failure to secure a two-state solution -- it's also flat-out dangerous.

Aaron David Miller |

Report

The Administration Goes All in on Kobani

Only days ago the Pentagon was saying that this small Syrian city might fall to the Islamic State. Now it's pulling out all the stops to save Kobani. 

Kate Brannen |

Dispatch

Barbarians at the Gates of Baghdad

How long can Iraq’s besieged forces hold out against the Islamic State?

Susannah George |

Argument

Get Ready for Iraq War IV

One of the most influential Army officers of the Iraq theater on why the United States seems destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.

John A. Nagl |

COLUMN

Terrorists Among Us

Americans have good reason to be afraid of another attack on U.S. soil -- only it's not going to come from the Islamic State.

Micah Zenko |

Dispatch

This Is Why You Can't Have Nice Guns

Syria's moderate rebels are brawling among themselves in the streets of Turkey. And these are the people the White House wants to arm?

David Kenner |

Dispatch

Turkey Isn't Abandoning the Kurds

In fact, Ankara is offering them desperately needed medical and humanitarian help -- all as part of its effort to win public support in case the peace process with its own Kurdish insurgents falls apart.

Yusuf Sayman |

Report

The Black-Market Battleground

Degrading and destroying ISIS could take place in the halls of auction houses, not the Pentagon.

Justine Drennan |

Argument

A Blunder Down Under

Australia is trying to combat homegrown terrorism. Sending 800 police officers and a helicopter after suburban wannabes isn’t how to do it.

Waleed Aly |

Exclusive

When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran's WMD program.

Gareth Porter |

COLUMN

Uncle Sucker to the Rescue

Washington is making all its favorite mistakes in (another) Iraq war.

Stephen M. Walt |