Middle East

Argument

The Peacock Angel and the Pythagorean Theorem

A thousand years ago, Yazidis and tiny pagan sects flourished under the caliphate. But the days of the tolerant Islamic state are over.

Gerard Russell |

Argument

Fair-Weather Friend

Iran claims to be Palestine’s biggest proponent. So why has Tehran been silent on Gaza?

Trita Parsi |

COLUMN

Treating the Symptoms, Letting the Sickness Mutate

President Obama's limited engagement in Iraq is an insult to the people of Syria -- and does nothing to help prevent further violence.

Kori Schake |

Slide Show

Stranded on Mount Sinjar

The Yazidis, a small Iraqi religious minority, are marooned and starving on a mountain in Kurdistan. Now, the United States is trying to save them from the murderous hands of the Islamic State.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

Do No (More) Harm

Every time the U.S. touches the Middle East, it makes things worse. It's time to walk away and not look back.

Stephen M. Walt |

Dispatch

The End of Days for Iraq's Christians

In the lands of the Old Testament, an endangered religious minority is being wiped out by the brutal Islamic State.

Sophie Cousins |

Argument

The Failed Islamic States Index

Why jihadis stink at governing.

J. Dana Stuster |

COLUMN

An Administration With Its Head Cut Off

The White House is running around from crisis to crisis without a game plan, much less a strategy. But leading from behind can actually work if you do it right.

Kori Schake |

COLUMN

Who Won the Gaza War?

Turns out the biggest winner wasn’t even fighting.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

On Israel's Defeat in Gaza

Hamas will dig out from under the rubble and the world will remember the image of four boys killed on a beach.

David Rothkopf |

Dispatch

The Death of Sympathy

How Israel’s hawks intimidated and silenced the last remnants of the anti-war left.

Gregg Carlstrom |

Argument

Hamas's BFFs

It's time to stop treating Turkey and Qatar like they’re anything other than proxies for terrorists.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

How to Fix It

Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.

Jimmy Carter |

Dispatch

Boiling Point in the West Bank

With Gaza in flames, can Mahmoud Abbas keep a lid on a smoldering West Bank?

David Kenner |

Argument

Turn On, Retweet, Tune Out

From Syria to Gaza to #BringBackOurGirls, what makes people care about stories one minute -- and forget about them the next?

Lauren Wolfe |

Dispatch

I Got Kicked Out of Yemen Like a Criminal

For three years, I was a reporter in Washington’s war-on-terror partner in the Arabian Peninsula. Now there’s not a single American journalist left.

Adam Baron |

Argument

Zawahiri's Revenge

Why al Qaeda, not the Islamic State, is still the most dangerous terrorist organization on Earth.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Argument

Too Big to Fall

Aleppo was the Syrian rebels’ first big prize. If Assad retakes it, is the war as good as over?

Hassan Hassan |

COLUMN

The Hamas Rope-a-Dope

It's going to be a long fight -- but Hamas has weathered the Israeli barrage thus far. And that counts as a win.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

What Would Nietzsche Do?

After more than a decade of high-cost, low-return investments in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, American support for intervention abroad is waning, drastically. It's time for a little nihilism in America.

Whitney Kassel |

Report

The Islamic State Is the Newest Petrostate

The Islamic State, the world's richest terror group, is reaping millions of dollars a day from selling stolen oil to shady businessmen across the Middle East.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

The Eye of the Storm

During a lull in the fighting, Gaza’s residents returned to assess the damage and came away without hope.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous |

Argument

How to Isolate Allies and Reward Enemies

By cutting Israel off from the world for 36 hours, the FAA and the White House gave Hamas exactly what it wanted.

Douglas J. Feith |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The aftermath of the MH17 shoot-down; violence in Gaza continues; and Hindus celebrate in India.

FP Staff |

Argument

The Bend of Power

How the U.S. military can overcome the challenges of complexity in a rapidly changing world.

Martin E. Dempsey |