War

Dispatch

ISIS in the Suburbs

The Iraqi Army claims that Baghdad is secure. But in Abu Ghraib, just 40 minutes away, the Islamic State’s presence can be felt everywhere.

Susannah George |

Argument

Who's Going to Get Rich Fighting the Islamic State?

Obama's small war means big profits -- and little oversight -- for defense contractors and hired guns.

William D. Hartung |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

A wedding portrait at Hong Kong's protests; gas masks at Indonesia's presidential inauguration; and sunlight in an Egyptian temple.

FP Staff |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Protests in St. Louis; a pilgrimage in Peru; and the funeral of a Kurdish fighter.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

The Varnish of Vietnam

The United States still hasn't stopped trying to win unwinnable wars.

Gordon Adams |

THE MAGAZINE

The Dog Whisperer

How a British colonel altered the 
battlefields of World War I, and why 
his crusade still resonates today.

Rebecca Frankel |

COLUMN

'The Freedom Fight Has Returned to Turkey'

As Kurds head to the front lines to fight the Islamic State, they face a Turkish government attacking them from the rear.

Lauren Bohn |

COLUMN

Much Ado About the Islamic State

Terrible though they may be, even the worst events of late -- from IS to Ebola -- may not make a lasting imprint on the world. Or your investment portfolio.

Stephen M. Walt |

Dispatch

What's Stopping Turkey From Saving Kobani?

Ankara can't seem to make up its mind about who's the bigger enemy: the Islamic State or the Kurds.

David Kenner |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Hong Kong's ongoing democracy protests; Eid al-Adha prayers in Indonesia; and skateboarding in Panama City.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

'Everybody Will Be Responsible if a Massacre Happens'

Kurdish officials say they have been betrayed by the Turkish government, which is preventing them from fighting the Islamic State in besieged Kobani.

David Kenner |

Report

Where Does the Islamic State Get Its Weapons?

Many of the weapons the militant group fights with in Iraq and Syria came from the United States.

Julia Harte |

THE MAGAZINE

Suicide Mission

Ty Carter fought in Afghanistan and became a hero. Now he has one more enemy to fight: PTSD.

Yochi Dreazen |

Dispatch

The Last Safe Place

A small clinic in an eastern Turkish city provides Syrians injured in the war with much-needed help. But the facility is quickly running out of cash -- and the doctors who operate it blame the war on the Islamic State for their troubles. 

David Kenner |

Dispatch

In Peril on the Shore

Thousands of people have died this year trying to reach Europe from North Africa’s coasts. But for these would-be migrants, the danger begins long before they take to the sea.

Bel Trew |

Report

U.S. Begins Airstrikes Inside Syria

The Obama administration and an array of Arab allies have begun hitting dozens of Islamic States targets inside Syria, expanding an air campaign against what Washington sees as the most powerful Islamist militants in the world.

Shane Harris |

Dispatch

Hanging by a Thread

The U.N.'s new mission to the war-torn Central African Republic needs more money, manpower, and training. How can it possibly succeed?

Benedict Moran |

Dispatch

Trading With Terrorists, Ukraine-Style

He doesn’t work for the government. He doesn’t wear a uniform. Meet the mysterious deal broker who’s freeing Ukraine’s prisoners of war.

Alec Luhn |

Report

Water Wars

Forget the Islamic State. The new conflicts of the future could be sparked by climate change.

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Coalitions

Powerful lessons in personnel management from the former supreme allied commander of NATO.

James Stavridis |

COLUMN

The Way We Were

Just 20 years ago the United States was a beloved superpower with a solid economy and faced virtually no hostile threats. But that’s all gone to hell.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

We Don't Need Another Dumb War

But if President Obama follows through on his plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic State, that's exactly what we’re going to get.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

A Pep Talk for the Ages, This Wasn't

Why President Obama's war cry doesn’t quite measure up to his predecessors'.

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

These Boots Were Made for Fighting

The president is right to be wary of putting troops on the ground in Iraq. But he’s wrong to rule it out.

James F. Jeffrey |

Dispatch

Personal Effects

As Dutch authorities release their report on the downing of MH17, the crash site remains unprotected and the locals are still in denial.

Alec Luhn |

Dispatch

Brain Food in the Land of Khat-Chewers

Can a book festival mend wounds created by war and perhaps even counter religious extremism in an isolated corner of the Horn of Africa?

Michela Wrong |

Slide Show

Under Siege in Kachin State

Daily life in Myanmar's ongoing civil conflict.

Diana Markosian via Creative Time Reports |

Argument

Send in the Guerrillas

In a world where our enemies don't wear uniforms, our allies don't have to, either.

Whitney Kassel |

Dispatch

Anatomy of a Bloodbath

Ukraine's volunteer fighters who survived the massacre at Ilovaisk describe a harrowing escape -- with no help from the army that claimed to have their backs.

Alec Luhn |