The Raqqa Imperative
The United States and its allies against the Islamic State face a major choice in its next target: the Iraqi city of Mosul, or the IS “capital” of Raqqa.
A U.S. Blueprint for Syria
Why does Russia always seem to be a step ahead of the U.S. in Syria? The answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants, and the U.S. doesn’t.
An Unnecessary Crisis
Some guesses as to what exactly transpired in this week’s high-stakes standoff between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin.
From Sinjar to Paris and Back
Successes in the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria are creating opportunities for the United States to shift the momentum of the conflict.
No-Fly Zone No Answer for Syria
Humanitarian “safe zones” are a great idea in theory. But they’re a bad, dangerous idea in the context of the Syrian civil war.
Failure to Re-Launch
Turkish voters just delivered a strong rebuke to Erdogan and the AKP at the polls, but that doesn’t mean he’s given up on his plans.