Iraq

Argument

Say No to Civil War

The coming election in Iraq could decide the fate of the country's struggling democracy. The United States needs to take a stand.

Saleh Mutlaq |

COLUMN

Convenient Amnesia

John Kerry in the time machine.

Matt Bors |

Argument

Mission Impossible

With two-thirds of Iraq’s provinces in open conflict with the capital, Nouri al-Maliki is resorting to Saddam Hussein’s playbook to keep the country together.

Marina Ottaway |

Feature

A Comprehensive Strategy Against Terrorism

Iraq is using all the political, economic, and military tools at its disposal in its effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Nouri al-Maliki |

Argument

Eyes on the Prize

The Arab world's most prestigious literary award is thriving; whether anyone's actually reading the shortlisted books is another matter.

M. Lynx Qualey |

Argument

We Did Not 'Lose' Iraq

But it is America's job to help Baghdad beat back the new threat from al Qaeda.

James Jeffrey |

Map Room

The Iraq War Never Ended

Mapping nearly 12 years of violence in 42 seconds shows that the war America started still rages on.

Jacopo Ottaviani |

Argument

The Iraqi Re-Awakening

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is making all the same mistakes that the United States once made in Anbar. Can he change course before al Qaeda overruns the restive province?

Mark Perry |

COLUMN

Rand Paul Is Right

The United States needs to officially end the Iraq war -- or else acknowledge that it’s waging an endless and unwinnable fight.

Emile Simpson |

Report

Iraq's Oil War

By lashing out at Turkey and Kurdistan, Baghdad could make a tense situation worse.

Keith Johnson |

Report

Did Bob Gates' New Book Just Trash His Golden Reputation?

The former Secdef was known for quiet loyalty –- until a tell-all unloaded on his old bosses.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

A New Anbar Awakening

Do tribal warriors in Fallujah and Ramadi have what it takes to rout al Qaeda?

Jane Arraf |

Argument

Inflection Point

To win back Fallujah, Nouri al-Maliki doesn't need to negotiate -- he needs to fight.

Douglas A. Ollivant |

The List

The Stories You Missed in 2013

Six events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2014.

Ty McCormick |

Argument

Our Red Lines and Theirs

New information reveals why Saddam Hussein never used chemical weapons in the Gulf War.

Benjamin Buch |

Marc Lynch

The Dark List

Why nobody in the Middle East deserves to be an FP Leading Global Thinker this year.

Marc Lynch |

Dispatch

Doctor's Orders

How a neurosurgeon from Maryland cleaned up one of the most notoriously violent cities in Iraq.

Michael Knights |

Dispatch

The Eye of the Storm

As the Syrian civil war bleeds into northern Iraq, a once-quiet oasis is brewing with tensions.

Sofia Barbarani |

EXCERPT

The Seduction of George W. Bush

How the president of good and evil bromanced Vladimir Putin. And how a warm friendship turned to ice.

Peter Baker |

Argument

The Anti-Surge

How Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

John McCain |

Argument

How We Won in Iraq

And why all the hard-won gains of the surge are in grave danger of being lost today.

David H. Petraeus |

Report

Baghdad's Burning… And It's (Kind of) Our Fault

What Iraq's implosion can teach us about Afghanistan's future.

Yochi Dreazen |

Argument

Rogue State

Think Israel wouldn't strike Iran's nukes in defiance of America's wishes? Think again.

Uri Sadot |

Marc Lynch

Iraq's Moment to Rise or Burn

Baghdad could be the key to unlocking the region's worst conflicts -- if only it could get its own house in order.

Marc Lynch |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Quiet Revolution

Technology is changing the way we fight war. But it's also changing the way we make peace.     

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Argument

The World Hasn't Tackled Syria's Real WMD Nightmare

Forget the nerve gas. It's Assad's bioweapons program that should keep you up at night.

Leonard A. Cole |

Argument

Sliding Toward Damascus

How Syria's civil war crept into the heart of Baghdad -- then went boom.

Jane Arraf |

Argument

One Size Does Not Fit All

Why it's best to use every tool in the toolbox when it comes to democracy assistance.

Tomas Bridle |

Christian Caryl

Just Show It

The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.

Christian Caryl |