Iraq News

A Victory in Kobani?

Jan 27, 2015
"Despite two thousand airstrikes by American, European, and Arab warplanes since August 8th, the Islamic State has lost only one per cent of the land it seized in Iraq, and it continues to expand in Syria," writes Robin Wright.

Iran & Region: Salvaging Iraq

Jan 26, 2015
The Iranian government, particularly the Revolutionary Guards, is playing a huge role in helping the Iraqi security forces fight the Islamic State, especially in Diyala.

Why to Fear ISIS's Cyber Caliphate

Jan 13, 2015
"It's easy to miss blips on the digital radar when there are so many, but if our miscalculation about the kinetic capabilities of ISIS is any measure, we ought to pay attention to the CENTCOM hack," writes Meg King.

Why Al Qaeda Poses a Greater Terror Threat to the U.S. Than ISIS

Jan 09, 2015
"Perhaps a more immediate fear, however, is that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula–-a group that has demonstrated its intent and ability to strike in the West—will carry out its own attacks, much like the one in Paris this week," writes Michael Kugelman.

Obama’s 3 Must-Do Issues in Mideast in 2015

Jan 05, 2015
President Barack Obama may be entering the lame-duck phase on domestic policy, but 2015 could be a defining year for his foreign policy. Here are three urgent tasks in the Middle East according to Robin Wright.

The Optimist's Year

Dec 30, 2014
Here are five reasons positive change could come to the Middle East in 2015 according to Aaron David Miller.

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

Nov 19, 2014
"There was a certain amount of naiveté rooted perhaps in the mistaken idea that hope and change -- so effective in getting the president elected -- were somehow relevant to the world of Middle Eastern politics," writes Aaron David Miller.
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It’s Complicated: The Evolving Dynamics of Iran’s Relations With Iraq and Syria

Nov 06, 2014
With ongoing violence in Iraq, a “proxy” civil war in Syria, the rise of the Islamic State, and ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, regional dynamics are very complicated. Middle East scholar and analyst Jubin Goodarzi helps us sort out the players and begin to understand the very complex relationships among these three key regional powers in this edition of CONTEXT.

Jane Harman on The Daily Rundown

Oct 20, 2014
Jane Harman comments on the developing ISIL situation; what might happen if ISIL did, in fact, obtain three fighter jets, the power and success of the Kurdish fighters, and the role that Turkey has played in the conflict.

Analyzing ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

Oct 16, 2014
"Washington has finally named its latest military operation in the Middle East. The choice–'Operation Inherent Resolve'–has both a loneliness and a longness about it, and even a sadness. It also stands in stark contrast to the more optimistic names of the past three U.S. wars in the Middle East and south Asia," writes Robin Wright.

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