Middle East

Report

Through Syria, Darkly

Will Assad agree to a political solution? Can ISIS be defeated? A sobering report from the latest PeaceGame.

Kristin Lord |

Report

Iraq is Burning, and Everyone Agrees Maliki Has to Go

These are the seven men who could replace him.

Yochi Dreazen |

Dispatch

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

How the disappearance of three Israeli boys in the West Bank is upending Palestinian politics.

Dalia Hatuqa |

Argument

'Tonkinitis' in Iraq

The four horsemen of intervention in the Syria conflict are gathering steam. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Steven Simon |

Feature

The Moderation Will Not Be Televised

Iran's hard-line publicity machine is waging a war against President Hassan Rouhani. But unlike other moderates before him, Rouhani is fighting back.

Azadeh Moaveni |

COLUMN

America Can't Fix the Middle East, but It Can Fix Its Middle East Policy

The secret to getting it right in the world's most volatile region is admitting when you're wrong.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

Trust Iran Only as Far as You Can Throw It

American talking heads say that Iran is the key to defeating ISIS. But those in the know say the two "enemies" are actually secret allies.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

Does Anyone Remember the AMIA?

Iran may have been behind a deadly bombing in Argentina two decades ago. Now the two countries meet on the pitch.

Hernán Iglesias Illa |

COLUMN

Liberators Today, Pundits Tomorrow

Are ISIS's Islamist fighters CNN's next talking heads?

Matt Bors |

Argument

A Democracy Made of Straw

Why did it take two administrations to learn that Baghdad doesn’t work like Washington?

James Traub |

Argument

Iran Is the Problem, Not the Solution

The White House is mulling whether Tehran can help it defeat the jihadi threat in Iraq. But a U.S.-Iran alliance would be a disaster for Washington and the Middle East.

Bernard Haykel |

Argument

Reading Between the Teleprompter Lines

What Obama was really thinking during his Iraq remarks.

Aaron David Miller |

Infographic

ISIS's Road to Baghdad

Following a string of military victories, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is approaching Baghdad.

Elias Groll |

Argument

Striking Distance

Limited U.S. airstrikes against ISIS would be quick and decisive. They're also a terrible idea.

Daniel Byman |

Argument

How Maliki Ruined Iraq

Not long ago, stability and security in Iraq seemed possible. Maliki's corruption shattered any hope of that.

Zaid Al-Ali |

COLUMN

Between Assad and a Hard Place

The people of the Middle East don't want extremists or Syria's president either. But they want Western meddling even less.

Bruce Stokes |

Report

Buyer's Remorse

The Obama administration once paved the way for Nouri al-Maliki to hold on to power despite losing an election. With Iraq engulfed in civil war, is it time for him to go?

Yochi Dreazen |

Argument

There Is No al-Sham

Militants in Iraq and Syria are trying to re-create a nation that never existed.

Nick Danforth |

COLUMN

The Magic Number

Just like the last Iraq war, only smaller.

Matt Bors |

COLUMN

The Ghosts of Religious Wars Past Are Rattling in Iraq

How the lessons of the European wars of the Reformation -- hundreds of years old -- can help stave off the lethal mix of religious radicalization and politics.

James Stavridis |

COLUMN

Who Lost Iraq?

That depends on whether you ever thought it could be won.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Pivot to Persia

Washington may not want to admit it, but Iran is the most stable country in the Middle East right now.

Trita Parsi |

Dispatch

The Kurdish Are Coming

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters honed their skills fighting for independence from Iraq. Now they are the front line against ISIS.

Mohammed A. Salih |

COLUMN

When All You've Got Is an F-16…

Why is bombing the only option in Washington's policy toolkit?

Micah Zenko |

COLUMN

Blame America

The United States tried to build a stable state in Iraq. We should've known better.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Shoulder to Shoulder

The Iranian regime may have a new, PR-friendly president, but the plight of its people is not getting any better. And the world needs to stand by them.

John Baird |

COLUMN

Withdrawal Symptoms

Obama pulled the United States out of Iraq without actually ending the war. And now we're paying for it.

Kori Schake |