Iraq

COLUMN

Is Barack Obama More of a Realist Than I Am?

This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts.

Stephen M. Walt |

Feature

Saving Sinjar From a Super 8

How did a small community of Yazidis from Lincoln, Nebraska, convince the White House to go to war in Iraq?

Susannah George |

Feature

The Soldiers of Sinjar

Portraits of ragtag fighters from Sinjar, Iraq, rallying to protect their homeland.

Andrew Quilty |

Photo Essay

On the Other Side of the Mountain

A Yazidi family, safe for now, takes temporary shelter in Northern Iraq along the border with Syria.

Andrew Quilty |

Argument

The Pinprick President

Barack Obama needs to go to war with the Islamic State, or it will go to war with America.

James F. Jeffrey |

Feature

Is the Islamic State Exterminating the Language of Jesus?

We may be watching the deliberate destruction of Aramaic, unfolding in real time. 

Ross Perlin |

Argument

Iraq's City of Orphans

The world came to the rescue of the refugees on Mount Sinjar -- so why does it continue to ignore thousands more Iraqi minorities who face imminent threat of extermination by jihadists?

Michael Knights |

Argument

The Sisi Doctrine

From Gaza to Libya to Iraq, Egypt's new strongman is developing a foreign policy based on repression and stability.

Michael Wahid Hanna |

Argument

Those Who Play Politics With History's Mistakes

In order to get Iraq right in 2014, politicians have to admit that they got Iraq wrong in 2003.

Edward P. Joseph |

COLUMN

What If the United States Had a Middle East Strategy?

Washington's lack of a plan to confront the spread of radical Islam  looms as an epoch-defining failure.

David J. Rothkopf |

COLUMN

The Slippery Slope of U.S. Intervention

America's rescue mission in Iraq is going to be messier, longer, and more expensive than the White House wants to admit.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Humpty Dumpty in Kurdistan

Stopping the Islamic State's murderous advance is one thing. But resolving the political crisis between Shiite Baghdad and the Sunni power brokers up north might be impossible.

Kirk Sowell |

COLUMN

Same Old Barack Obama

Don't be fooled by the Iraq airstrikes. He's the risk-averse president he's always been -- and that should be just fine by us.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

A Kurdish Comeback

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq have been outgunned and in retreat from the Islamic State. But not for long, they say.

Mohammed A. Salih |

Argument

The Big Lie Americans Tell Themselves

Stopping genocide has never been a core interest of the United States.

Dhruva Jaishankar |

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 |

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

Zawahiri's Revenge

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

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Report

Fight Over Kurdish Oil Spreads to Texas Court

The dispute between Baghdad and Erbil over Iraqi Kurdistan's oil exports has steadily ratcheted up this year. Now they are fighting in court over $100 million of oil anchored outside of Houston.

Keith Johnson |

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 |