Middle East

Argument

What Obama Doesn't Understand About Syria

The U.S. policy to defeat the Islamic State is doomed to failure. Here’s how to fix it.

Noah Bonsey |

Argument

A Surprising History of Turkey in America

How do you get from Christopher Columbus to Butterball by way of Constantinople? Just ask Ataturk.

Nick Danforth |

COLUMN

The Iran Nuke Extension Is a Death Sentence

With an angry GOP Congress ready to levy new sanctions and a new generation of Iranian centrifuges spinning up, we can't wait another four months.

Jeffrey Lewis |

COLUMN

4 Big Reasons the Iranian Nuclear Deal Didn't Happen

Washington would like to believe it has a lot more leverage over Tehran than it really does.

Aaron David Miller |

Report

U.S. and Iran Put More Time on the Clock in Nuclear Talks

The two sides will miss a Monday deadline, but Washington and Tehran have invested too much to walk away from the table.

Elias Groll |

Dispatch

Prelude to a Demolition

Sadness, mistrust, and house demolitions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood that gave birth to two terrorists.

Dalia Hatuqa |

Report

The Closer

With the Iran talks coming down to the wire, the administration is bringing former White House aide Jake Sullivan back from Yale to help sell Congress on a potential nuclear deal.

John Hudson |

Report

Will It Play in Persepolis?

New research reveals that Iranians may be more willing to make a nuclear deal with the United States than previously thought.

Nancy Gallagher |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

Exaggeration Nation

The threat posed by the Islamic State to the United States is being overblown to a dangerous -- and untruthful -- degree. So why are we letting our government officials get away with it?

Micah Zenko |

Report

U.S. Ramps Up Military Aid for Islamic State Fight

The Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga, and Sunni tribesmen battling the militants will get some of the weapons they've long asked for.

Gopal Ratnam |

Report

Iraq Needs Weapons But Can It Keep Them?

After watching ISIS roll over Iraqi security forces this summer, stealing equipment the U.S. provided, Congress has been hesitant to sell Baghdad more.

Gopal Ratnam |

Report

The Pentagon's Budget Dilemma

The Defense Department's response time to the Ebola crisis and ISIS fight -- and the money to pay for such operations -- is being severely limited by the lengthy legislative process and the brewing budget war in Congress.

Kate Brannen |

Dispatch

'It Looked Like a Pogrom'

The grisly murder of four rabbis in Jerusalem marks the latest attack in a wave of violence that Israeli leaders are struggling to contain.

Yardena Schwartz |

COLUMN

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

The Obama administration is conducting a "policy review" on what to do about Syria and Iraq. But rehashing the same strategy could just make a bad situation even worse.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

Iraq's Dubai Hits the Pause Button

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.

Jane Arraf |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

Bashar al-Assad and the Devil's Bargain

A new plan to stop the bleeding in Syria means agreeing to a limited truce with the regime in Damascus. It’s repugnant -- but is it wrong?

James Traub |

Argument

Getting Past the Way of the Gun

Dropping bombs isn't the only way to advance American interests abroad.

Christopher Holshek |

Report

Air-Sand Battle

The fight against the Islamic State is forcing the Pentagon to rethink its plans for the future of warfare.​

Kate Brannen |

COLUMN

Is Inequality a Bigger Threat than the Islamic State?

In the Age of Fear, the sensational always overtakes the important.

David Rothkopf |

Report

Rout of Moderate Rebels Leaves Obama With Vexing Syria Options

With U.S.-backed rebels trapped between Assad and ISIS, the White House is closer to establishing a safe zone in northern Syria.

Gopal Ratnam |

COLUMN

Trapped in Syria

The number of refugees fleeing Syria has dropped dramatically -- but that's not good news. In fact, it's terrible.

Lauren Wolfe |

Argument

The Age of Frustration

The period before World War I was marked by inequality, terrorism, and discontent with democracy. Sound familiar?

Ward Wilson |

Interview

Spring Offensive Against ISIS in Iraq 'Unrealistic'

Former Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qader Obeidi sits down with Foreign Policy to discuss the challenges of rebuilding the Iraqi army and the need for U.S. assistance.

Gopal Ratnam |

Dispatch

The Only Sultan I've Ever Known

Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the man who built modern, moderate Oman, may be on his deathbed. Omanis hope for the best and fear what could come next.

Vivian Nereim |

Exclusive

No Blacklist Yet for Islamic State Banks

Why the United States isn't using its biggest financial weapon against banks in the Islamist militant group's territory.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Swiftboating in the Islamic Republic

Forget flip-flopping; the worst thing a politician in Iran can be accused of being is “heroically flexible.”

Hossein Bastani |

Argument

America's Last Best Hope for Defeating the Islamic State Is… Iran?

U.S. firepower alone can't defeat the Islamic State. It needs to work with Iran, whether it likes it or not.

Emad Kiyaei |

Argument

Jerusalem, on a Knife's Edge

Stabbing attacks and random acts of Palestinian terror have brought the violence in Gaza and the West Bank into the heart of Israel.

Jonathan Schanzer |