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The Mess in the Middle East
The Mess in the Middle East
As Kurds Advance, Arabs Enlist to Fight for ISIS

Tribalism and other forces make ending the “caliphate” more complicated than it at first appears.

The Mess in the Middle East
Turkey’s Kurdish Problem—and Ours

Turkey has expressed outrage that the U.S. is working with the Syrian Kurds against ISIS.

The Mess in the Middle East
Turkey and Israel to Restore Diplomatic Ties

Turkey’s worries about Russia are again pushing it toward the West, and Israel’s gas reserves are giving the country new regional clout.

The Mess in the Middle East
Turkey Squares Off Against Russia, Iraq

Ankara refuses to withdraw troops from northern Iraq.

The Mess in the Middle East
Russia Leads in Syria as U.S. Falters

The U.S.-backed alliance in Syria is still little more than Kurds and on-paper agreements with small Arab forces.

The Mess in the Middle East
Has the Administration Found an Iraq Plan?

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs unveils new measures on trip to Kurdistan.

The Mess in the Middle East
Is ISIS Using Chemical Weapons Too?

Sources suggest chlorine attacks against the Iraqi Army, and potentially more to come.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

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