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Turning the clock back to the 7th century in Iraq?

The "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" is seeking to revive the ancient Islamic "caliphate." What is the background for this institution? Where did it come from? How... Read more »

July 12, 2014


Benghazi case unfolds against political backdrop

The first prosecution arising from the Benghazi attacks is playing out in the federal courthouse blocks from both the White House and Capitol Hill, an appropriate... Read more »

June 29, 2014


Where to start with Iraq: We need to find our grounding

The current crisis in Iraq is so messy, and all of its likely outcomes so tragic, that it’s hard to know what or even how to think about it. So let’s start... Read more »

June 27, 2014


Iraq must be saved from extremists

The debate over who lost Iraq is tempting. But it is not the focus of serious foreign policy thinkers and former government officials I've encountered over the last... Read more »

June 22, 2014


In Iraq, the United States has the responsibility to address threats to American interests

President George W. Bush received criticism in 2003 for declaring “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. President Barack Obama’s 2011 statement that... Read more »

June 17, 2014


Senator: Bergdahl deal was sealed the day before the swap

The Obama administration only finalized the exchange of the last remaining U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo a day before... Read more »

June 10, 2014

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