Iraq

The LWOT

The LWOT: French homegrown extremist shot dead

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Jennifer Rowland |

The List

Top 10 Lessons of the Iraq War

Now that the war is officially over and most U.S. forces have withdrawn, what are the most important takeaways?

Stephen M. Walt |

The List

Couch of Duty

Five reasons why video games are lousy propaganda.

Michael Peck |

Photo Essay

Obama’s Shadow Wars

Missile-wielding drones and elite Special Forces units are the new face of American power, and the White House is increasingly relying on them to fight terror in the farthest corners of the globe.

Photo Essay |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Gitmo sees first tentative plea deal

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Jennifer Rowland |

Argument

The League of Arab Societies

It’s high time for a new Arab League -- one that reflects and supports the rising (and struggling) wave of liberals across the Middle East and North Africa.

Ahmed Charai and Joseph Braude |

Christian Caryl

Rude Awakening

Promoting democracy in places like Egypt or Iraq is about changing the status quo. So why are we so surprised when it turns out that not everyone is in favor?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Sorry, Mitt: It Won't Be an American Century

American politicians should stop pretending the United States runs the world.

Charles Kupchan |

Argument

The Coming Civil War in Afghanistan

It's not inevitable, but it's more likely than ever before. Here's how to avoid the worst.

Arif Rafiq |

Argument

Premature Evacuation?

Why cutting and running in Afghanistan is good politics for Obama.

Michael A. Cohen |

Feature

Crude Awakening

In Iraq's turbulent politics, whoever controls the oil production wields the power. And that might soon be ExxonMobil.

Ben Van Heuvelen |

Terms of Engagement

Why Stop There?

The Obama administration's leaner, meaner military may be still too big.

James Traub |

Argument

The Iraqi Revolution We'll Never Know

Imagine for a moment that the United States never invaded Iraq. Would the Arab Spring have toppled Saddam anyway?  

Michael Wahid Hanna |

Dispatch

My Mesopotamian Getaway

Fishing with handguns and touring ancient ruins in post-American Iraq.

Emma Sky |

Slide Show

Princess of the Marshes

My trip through post-American Iraq. 

Emma Sky |

The LWOT

The LWOT: U.S. citizen charged with terrorism offense in Florida

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Jennifer Rowland |

Argument

The Price of 'Victory'

The war in Iraq is over … just not for the Iraqis.

Mohammed al-Diyali |

Terms of Engagement

A Little Humility

If Iraq has taught us anything, let it be this.

James Traub |

Interview

Exclusive: Iraqi Vice President: Maliki Is Becoming a New Saddam

An arrest warrant for Iraq's Sunni vice president just days after the U.S. troop withdrawal has sparked fears that the country may once again plunge into sectarian violence.

Uri Friedman |

The List

The Damage Done

The 10 big takeaways from America's adventure in Iraq are also clues to its uncertain future. 

Ian Livingston |

Argument

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!

What should America do about the Arab Spring? Not much.

F. Gregory Gause III |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Iraqi VP wanted on terrorism charges

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Jennifer Rowland |

Feature

The Last Prisoner

The fate of a senior Hezbollah commander captured in Iraq raises questions about what the United States accomplished in Mesopotamia -- and the future of its shadow war with Iran.

Mitchell Prothero |

Argument

What We Leave Behind

After nearly nine years of war in Iraq, moving out is a bigger job than you might think.

David Axe |

Argument

Remembering Basra

Nine years ago, I drove into Iraq one spring morning. As we leave it's worth recalling: After all the angry commissions and self-serving memoirs, the war was always more complicated than it seemed.

Susan B. Glasser |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Senate, House edit detainee provision in defense bill

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Jennifer Rowland |

Terms of Engagement

The Hawks' New Flight Pattern

Neocons blew off concerns about Iranian influence in Iraq in 2003. Why are they so obsessed with it now?

James Traub |

Interview

The FP Interview: Condoleezza Rice on Obama, “Leading from Behind,” Iraq, and More

The former secretary of state dishes on what the current administration gets right -- and what it gets wrong.

Josh Rogin |

Argument

Welcome to the Shadow War

The pullout of U.S. forces in Iraq threatens to unleash a dangerous and deadly struggle with Iran and within the Iraqi army.

Michael Knights |