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In global law since the Peace of Westphalia, states are supposed to rule specific territories and to be inviolable in those territories. Max Weber, writing in the early 20th centur...(full article)

The Syrian regime said Wednesday it too was providing assistance to the Kurds, joining a motley crew of Iranians, the U.S., Gulf countries and many European nations....(full article)

The gnawing question is: What accounts for so many years under two presidents when foreign policy turned out to be one fiasco after another?...(full article)

Fareed Zakaria and Leslie Gelb both have made what they think are bold and unfashionable proposals for U.S. policy in Syria without bothering to realize that their prescriptions ha...(full article)

The outside world's war with ISIS seems to be evolving in a more positive direction. In the battle for Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border, ISIS fighters are retreating even althou...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Daily Life in the Shadow of ISIS - Alice Su, The Atlantic

Meryem has renamed the third floor of Motel Kurdistan. “Welcome to Bayt al-Sinjar!” the 8-year-old shouted, flinging her arms wide as my elevator door opened. I followed her ...

Does Obama Know PKK Can Be Allies? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Difficulties in the Turkish government’s relationship with Turkey’s Kurdish population continue to overshadow efforts to implement a coherent and comprehensive strategy to ad...

America's Stale View of the Muslim World - James Zogby, The National

Instead of elevating the discourse, these “experts” dumb it down. And instead of making people aware of the enormous complexities involved in these conflict zones, they...

Understanding Why Women Join ISIS - Amanda Taub, Vox

ISIS's treatment of women seems to be rife with confusing contradictions. The group's strict rules for women's dress seem oppressive, and its restrictions on women's behavior seem ...

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

Arming Rebels Works - Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast

President Obama has weighed the options and concluded America does more harm than good when it sets out to topple regimes. OK. But don’t pretend that’s the CIA’s ...

7 Bad Endings to the New Middle East War - Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch

Here, then, are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s on offer. After all, with all that military power be...

Training Foreign Armies Is a Misuse of Funds - A. Nekrassov, Al Jazeera

Why the mainstream US media hasn't gone for the juicy bone that is the obvious corruption in the U.S. military....

Another Deadly Legacy in Iraq - New York Times

The investigation exposes shocking failings by the Pentagon, among them a callous disregard for the safety and care of American and Iraqi troops and a disturbing pattern of secrecy...

ISIS Oil: The Well Is Running Dry - Matthew Philips, BusinessWeek

A report from the International Energy Agency in Paris has just estimated that Islamic State controls only about 20,000 barrels of daily oil production, down from about 70,000 as o...

Out of Desperation, IS Turns to Baghdad - Michael Knights, Politico

Baghdad won’t fall to cascading panic the way that Mosul did in June 2014, no matter how many towns and cities ISIL overruns in the Euphrates River Valley to the northwest of...

A Brief History of Biker Gangs at War - Anne Jolis, The Spectator

America and Britain are still fumbling for policies to deal with nationals joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In Holland, meanwhile, authorities faced a more cheering tas...

Obama Pushed to Walk the Path to Escalation - David Ignatius, WaPo

As fighters from the Islamic State surge in Iraq toward control of Anbar province in the west and the town of Kobane on the Syrian border , U.S. commanders and diplomats are signal...

ISIS Makes Rapid Gains in Anbar - D. Gartenstein-Ross, War on the Rocks

The situation in the province has rapidly deteriorated. At this point, the districts of al-Qa’im, Anah, Hit, Fallujah, and Karmah are all under the control of anti-government...

Iraq Insists Baghdad Airport Is Just Fine - Susannah George, Daily Beast

Never mind what America’s top general said. ISIS was never close to overrunning this strategically crucial location, Iraqi officials claim....

A War of Endless Contradictions - H.D.S. Greenway, Boston Globe

I would submit the war be called “Operation Enduring Contradiction,” and here’s why....

Hold the Abettors of Jihad Accountable - Jamsheed & Carol Choksy, RCW

Only the Muslim nations that ignited jihadism can now defuse it, working with moderate Iraqis and Syrians who are directly affected by it....

The Ruins of the Middle East - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Obama’s unfortunate Middle East legacy was predicated on six flawed assumptions: (1) a special relationship with Turkey; (2) distancing the U.S. from Israel; (3) empathy for Isla...

Islamic State's Deadly, Effective Tactics - John McLaughlin, Ozy

After more than 400 coalition airstrikes, the countries opposing the Islamic State have gained a fighting chance, but they have yet to slow the group’s momentum or to markedl...

The U.S. Needs to Respond to IS's Success, Now - John Nagl, Politico

ISIL has had a really good year, which is very bad news for U.S. interests in the Middle East....

The Invasive Species Known as ISIS - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

ISIS operates just like an “invasive species” in the world of plants and animals. It is not native to either the Iraqi or Syrian ecosystems. It never before grew in the...

When Is a War Not a War? - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post

When is a war not a war? Does it matter, when a bomb is dropped or a missile launched, whether it’s called “counterterrorism,” or “armed conflict,” or...

The United States Doesn't Care About Syria - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

The anti-ISIS coalition has one goal: save Iraq....

The Islamic State's Tactical Mastermind - Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, WOTR

The group’s recent success in Anbar can be attributed primarily to one exceptional field commander and ISIL official, Abu Umar al-Shishani, who executed a series of brilliant...

Freedom Is a Value, but so Is Stability - Christiane Hoffmann, Spiegel

Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?...

The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...

Obama May Succumb to Mission Creep - Fred Kaplan, Slate

President Obama is practically allergic to “mission creep,” the slow but out-of-control expansion of a war’s aims, terrain, and scope. But he’s coming under...

The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

Turkey's behavior can be perplexing and frustrating to Western leaders, but the country's combination of reticence in action and audacity in rhetoric can be traced back to many of ...

Obama Has no Strategy - Malcolm Fraser, The Guardian

Air power alone will not make a difference in Iraq. Barack Obama, and his allies, have the worst strategic understanding possible of what they claim is an existential threat....

Why IS Beheads - Robert Pape, Michael Rowley & Sarah Morell, Politico

The Islamic State’s brutality has a strategic logic....

Obama Ignores Panetta's Warning - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

Say this much about President Obama: He does not engender a lot of loyalty from his inner circle....

Too Much Air Against IS - Frederick & Kimberly Kagan, LA Times

A desultory bombing mission isn't going to defeat Islamic State....

Iran to Elite Troops: Don't Bother U.S. in Iraq - Eli Lake, Daily Beast

The last time Iranian and American forces were in Iraq, the two sides quietly fought each other. Now Iran’s Quds Force officers in Iraq are purposely leaving the Americans al...

Why We Should not Pay Ransoms - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

Ransoms are not the answer. Such payments not only sustain the market for future kidnappings, but – worse still – help groups like Isil prosper, grow, and kill thousand...

Even if U.S. Defeats ISIS, It Will Lose - Andrew Bacevich, Washington Post

As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield X...

Jihadists Won't Be Repelled Easily - Jonathan Rugman, New Statesman

You see, there are good Kurds and bad Kurds in western foreign policy: some we help and some we don’t....

ISIS Extends Its Reach - Benjamin Barthe, Worldcrunch

Unlike al-Qaeda, which was always meant to operate on a global level, ISIS has been much more linked to its territory in Syria and Iraq. But that's now starting to change....

Iraq's Army Is Spoiled at the Top - Alan Philps, The National

Behind the headlines of air strikes against ISIL forces, there is worrying evidence of the continuing failure of the Iraqi army to resist the assaults of the jihadists, despite hav...

Obama's Betrayal - Andrew Sullivan, The Dish

We elected Obama precisely to be calm and sane enough to be able to resist what he has now done. He betrayed us. His policy, such as it is, is utterly incoherent and as free from a...

Obama Sends Mixed Messages on War - Jonah Goldberg, National Review

The president has been waging war on the Islamic State with defense programs he has slashed....

Kissinger's Last Appeal for Realism - Vartan Oskanian, Al Jazeera

The bear knows seven songs and they are all about honey - I don't know if that's an Armenian saying or a Russian one, but it's true for Kissinger as well. All of his songs are abou...

The Fatal Flaw in the Fight Against ISIS - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

The west is left leading an intervention that lacks a clearly defined political ambition and a military exit strategy. Stemming the jihadi tide to prevent the collapse of Iraq was ...

Truman's Israel Policy Can Teach Obama on IS - James Fromson, WOTR

In early 1948, Harry Truman’s policy of support for the partition of Palestine — and thereby the creation of the state of Israel — appeared dead in the water. As ...

American Incompetence In a World Going Mad - John Podhoretz, NY Post

An intruder made his way across the White House lawn and through the building almost to the Obama living quarters before being stopped by a Secret Service officer who was off duty:...

More Than Air Support Needed to Beat ISIS - David Francis, Fiscal Times

President Obama says that it may take the U.S. and its allies three years to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, with heavy dependence on stepped up U.S. airstrikes. ...

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Iraqi troops retake control of Sunn

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers backed by Shiite militiamen retook control Sunday of a Sunni town se...

Family ties can be a candidate's bl

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ah, the family. They can be a candidate's sounding board, worthy surrogates...

Gulf oil producers seen riding out

Energy kingpin Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Gulf states are set to resist pressure to tighten the ...

More U.S. air strikes target Islami

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces conducted five air strikes against Islamic State targets...

Iraq Kurds will not engage in direc

ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces will not engage in direct combat in the Syrian town of K...