Middle East

Argument

All the Ayatollah's Men

Iraq's Shiite militias are developing into as great a danger as the Islamic State.

Phillip Smyth |

COLUMN

Mission Improbable

When it comes to fighting terror, America’s leaders have offered nothing but wildly unrealistic strategies destined to fail. And Obama's plan to defeat the Islamic State is no different.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Why Rouhani Could Walk Away

Iran’s nuclear negotiators have public opinion on their side for now. But if that disintegrates, so could any hope for a deal with the West.

Trita Parsi |

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 |

COLUMN

Pot, Meet Needle

Execution is as execution does.

Matt Bors |

Argument

History Is So Not Over

It's time for a dose of realism when we think about how to build new democracies.

Alina Rocha Menocal |

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

The Islamic State of Sexual Violence

The jihadists' rape campaign in Iraq and Syria is not a women's issue. It is a terror tactic and a crime against humanity. So why won't anyone in Washington talk about it?

Aki Peritz |

Dept Of Secrets

Don't Like That Israel Has the Bomb? Blame Nixon.

Newly declassified documents reveal how the Nixon White House looked the other way while Israel built the Middle East’s first nukes.

Avner Cohen |

COLUMN

The Blood Brothers of Anbar

Meet Omar: A 43-year-old, well-educated hospital director in Fallujah. Does Iraq have any hope for reconciliation if men like this support the Islamic State?

Lauren Bohn |

COLUMN

The Way We Were

Just 20 years ago the United States was a beloved superpower with a solid economy and faced virtually no hostile threats. But that’s all gone to hell.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Mr. Bean to Jihadi John

Western governments are sounding alarm bells about foreign fighters joining the Islamic State. But experts say that these would-be radicals are more often bumbling losers than bin Laden.

David Kenner |

Dispatch

Meet the Badass Women Fighting the Islamic State

Guerrillas from Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party are on the front lines in northern Iraq. Many of the organization's leaders, including 24-year-old Avesta, are women.

Mohammed A. Salih |

Argument

Sharks in the Desert

President Obama means well. But the Middle East is where America's good intentions go to die.

Gordon Adams |

Report

The Mouse That Roars

Tiny Jordan's spies have helped the United States hunt down some of its most dangerous enemies. Now Obama is hoping those spooks can beat the Islamic State.

Shane Harris |

Report

How Willing Is Obama's Coalition?

The president is desperate not to go it alone against the Islamic State, but he may not have any choice.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

There Goes the Neighborhood

Al Qaeda’s control of Israel’s northern border has Jerusalem nostalgic for the days of Assad.

Andrew Tabler |

COLUMN

We Don't Need Another Dumb War

But if President Obama follows through on his plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic State, that's exactly what we’re going to get.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

A Pep Talk for the Ages, This Wasn't

Why President Obama's war cry doesn’t quite measure up to his predecessors'.

Suzanne Nossel |

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 |

COLUMN

Obama and the Never-Ending War

By limiting U.S. goals in Iraq and Syria, the president makes less likely the exit he so desperately wants.

David Rothkopf |

Christian Caryl

License to Kill

Never underestimate the power of rage.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Can Airstrikes Stop the Islamic State?

The United States has been raining bombs on Iraq -- and Syria might be next. But data show it's going to take more than planes to knock the Islamic State off its perch.

Chris Woods |

COLUMN

Barack Obama and the 'Wimp Factor'

Americans think the president lacks "toughness." But does showing strength really matter?

Micah Zenko |

Exclusive

Recipes From the Islamic State's Laptop of Doom

How to make ricin, Semtex, and banana mousse.

Harald Doornbos |

Report

Obama's Mission Impossible

The president is about to present a strategy for destroying the Islamic State. Too bad it can't be done.

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

How to Get Away With Almost Anything

How evildoers benefit from the world's ADD.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Everything You Know About Israeli Settlements Is Wrong

Israel’s recent annexation of 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank doesn’t change anything on the ground, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has actually been remarkably constrained in settlement construction.

Elliott Abrams |