How to Save Iraq
This is the best, or the least bad, solution to the current crisis

This is the best, or the least bad, solution to the current crisis.

My Novel's Only Draft Was Kidnapped in Syria—and I Lived to Tell the Tale
June 27, 2014

"I realised: As well as my wallet and keys and hundreds of dollars, as well as my bank details and personal photographs—he had my book."

The Jihadis Who've Flocked to Syria Really Might be in Madrid or Milwaukee Before Long
The frightening logic of "bleedout"
June 24, 2014

The discredited idea of terrorist "bleedout" makes a comeback

Don't Expect Iran and the U.S. to Solve the Iraq Crisis Together
June 18, 2014

There are competing, if not conflicting, interests that limit the nature of a tactical alliance between the countries in dealing with Iraq. 

Blame These Two Countries, Not the United States, for the Current Crisis in Iraq
June 16, 2014

Iran and Saudi Arabia need to set aside their differences to solve this mess.

Why Do Iraq's Rebels Have So Many Different Names?
The ghastly semantics of the Islamic State
June 16, 2014

The language of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reveals a lot about them

Just What Are America's Options in Iraq?
Obama got dealt a bad hand—and is playing it badly.
June 13, 2014

In the aftermath of ISIS’s seizure of major cities in Iraq, the U.S. has been caught without a grand strategy in the Middle East.

Obama Is Wrong. Iraq's Problems Are Ours, Too.
June 13, 2014

America can't exempt itself from responsibility on whatever timetable it pleases.

Syria's Crazy Campaign to Lure Tourists
What civil war? The Ministry of Tourism thinks you'll enjoy these new beachside cafes
May 28, 2014

Half the country is displaced, and historic sites turned to rubble, but Bashar al-Assad has launched a tourism campaign.