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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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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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