Middle East

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 |

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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 |

COLUMN

How the Islamic State Could Kill the Two-State Solution

The havoc wrought by the Islamic State extends far beyond Iraq and Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Britain's Radical Challenge

The threat of British jihadists can't be an excuse for the country to abandon its foundational principles.

H.A. Hellyer |

COLUMN

Running Toward the Danger

Sotloff, Foley, and the doctors fighting Ebola are part of a vital breed of first responders demanded by a new global reality.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

How Not to Help Americans Captured Abroad

A few lines, buried deep in the 2015 appropriations bill, could be a nightmare for American detainees and the State Department.

Richard Grenell |

Dispatch

Bibi's Next Battle

Forget Hamas. The Israeli prime minister is now facing a war within his own government.

Gregg Carlstrom |

COLUMN

The Great Defense Spending Distraction

Why you can’t just throw money at problems like the Islamic State and Ukraine.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

The Syrian Enemy of My Syrian Enemy

How the threat of the Islamic State could bring together the country's warring factions -- if only Barack Obama is willing to seize the opportunity.

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

The Islamic State vs. al Qaeda

Who’s winning the war to become the jihadi superpower?

J.M. Berger |

Argument

Sheikh It Up

The UAE's airstrikes in Libya represent a new and dangerous phase in its struggle with Qatar.

Andrew Hammond |

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Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom

Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction.

Harald Doornbos |

Argument

The New Arab Cold War

As the United States steps away from the Middle East, its allies have tried to fill the void -- with disastrous results.

Steven A. Cook |