Middle East

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 |

COLUMN

The Shape-Shifting Coalition

America's allies in the fight against the Islamic State may seem willing now. But what happens when they want to start bombing Assad?

Micah Zenko |

Slide Show

Crossing Over

Kurdish Syrians flee an Islamic State offensive on the town of Kobani.

Andrew Quilty |

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

The Nation-Building Trap

When it comes to destroying the Islamic State in Syria, boots on the ground should be the least of our worries.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Déjà Vu in the West Bank and Gaza

Hamas and Fatah's latest unity agreement is doomed to failure. So why do the Palestinian factions keep trying?

Grant Rumley |

Report

Rebel Yell

Syrian opposition forces, Obama's key to defeating the Islamic State, say the Pentagon isn't consulting them on airstrikes.

Shane Harris |

Argument

In the Eye of a Man-Made Storm

As residents of the Gaza Strip try to recover from the worst war in decades, the world -- and Israel -- must understand that the status quo is unsustainable.

Pierre Krähenbühl |

Argument

Fight Club: Israel Nuke Edition

The first rule of Israel's nuclear arsenal is that there is no Israeli nuclear arsenal.

Jeffrey Lewis |

COLUMN

Is Syria a Pay-to-Play Conflict?

A quick look at whether defense money played a role in Congress authorizing Obama's war in Iraq and Syria.

Daniel Altman |

Dispatch

Welcoming the Flood

Thousands of Kurdish refugees have fled the besieged Syrian city of Kobani across the border into Turkey. But the warm reception may not last long.

David Kenner |

COLUMN

But This Threatiness Goes to 11…

The commander in chief lays out his justification for the war in Syria and Iraq.

Rosa Brooks |

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 |