Middle East

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 |

Dispatch

Keep 'Em Coming, Kurds Say

Besieged Kurds in Syria and Iraq see the United States' bombing campaign against the Islamic State as a good start -- but not enough.

Mohammed A. Salih |

Argument

What Woman Was Ever Born to Such Misfortune

For the Syrian refugee cast members of a new theater production of the Euripides classic, "The Women of Troy," insult follows injury.

Cynthia P. Schneider |

Argument

Thank You for Bombing

Why al Qaeda might be the biggest winner of America's airstrikes on the Islamic State.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Report

'We're Not Sure Their Capabilities Match Their Desire'

Is the Khorasan Group as dangerous as the White House is making it out to be?

Shane Harris |

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

Leave It to the League

The Saudis, Qataris, and others are stepping into the fight against Islamic State. Now it's time for them to take the lead.

Bryan R. Gibson |

Report

U.S. Begins Airstrikes Inside Syria

The Obama administration and an array of Arab allies have begun hitting dozens of Islamic States targets inside Syria, expanding an air campaign against what Washington sees as the most powerful Islamist militants in the world.

Shane Harris |

Argument

The Peace Bridge to Nowhere

Changing how peacebuilding organizations measure success could save aid projects that are stuck trying to meet rigid, dated, and increasingly arbitrary goals in conflict zones.

Andrew Blum |

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 |

Dispatch

'They Made Us Take the Seat of Death'

Meet a man executed by the Islamic State -- who survived.

Lauren Bohn |

Argument

Bridging the Two Tunisias

So far Tunisia's revolution has managed to bridge the gap between secularists and Islamists. But can that precarious accord make it through election season?

Brian Klaas |

Argument

The Emerging Market Stress Test

The Fed’s new monetary policy could put a big strain on developing economies. But they might be up for it this time.

Nicholas Spiro |

Report

The Terror Down Under

The Islamic State is threatening to attack the U.S. and Britain. But thousands of miles away from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria, Australia is the first to find itself on the front lines of the newest terror war.   

Siobhán O'Grady |

Argument

All the Ayatollah's Men

Iraq's Shiite militias are becoming 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 |