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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:39:38 -0400
Iraq’s campaign to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State and restore the Iraqi government’s authority requires coordination among numerous armed groups with competing interests, says CFR’s Philip H. Gordon.
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:21:05 -0400
In recent weeks, ISIS has suffered territorial losses on multiple fronts, including in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. The organization may look nearer to defeat than at any time in the past two years, but there is still a great deal of fighting to be done before the group is destroyed, or more likely beaten back to an underground terrorist organization as it was in 2009.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:46:03 -0400
Even as Iraqi special forces and Shia militias roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Baghdad has done little to address the underlying causes of Sunni militancy, says journalist Ned Parker.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:26:30 -0400
The UK's Report of the Iraq Inquiry contains valuable lessons about how flawed assumptions can lead to dangerously flawed policies, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:12:34 -0400
As U.S.-backed rebels fight to liberate Raqqa and Mosul, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon questions next steps for these cities. “Will these disparate forces stay together to form a federation of at least relative order that allows people to go to work and send their children to school?,” asks Lemmon. “Who will do the governing? Under what authority? And what comes next if that doesn’t happen?”
Thu, 05 May 2016 16:42:13 -0400
Amid political paralysis in Baghdad, the populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is pressuring lawmakers to approve Prime Minister Abadi’s proposed reforms, says expert Mohamad Bazzi.
Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:45:33 -0400
The U.S. declaration that the Islamic State has committed genocide must be followed by prosecutions to deter future abuses, says expert Naomi Kikoler.
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:30:00 -0500
Experts discuss U.S. policy options in Syria and the Middle East, along with possible outcomes of the upcoming Syria peace talks in Geneva.
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:45:32 -0500
Experts analyze the current situation in the Middle East and discuss U.S. policy options toward Syria.
Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:37:19 -0500
The late, great diplomat was right on Afghanistan. We should apply his wisdom to ISIS, too.
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 12:20:29 -0500
The Sunni ethnic identity is both a source of strength for Islamic State and a potentially fatal weakness, if it can be properly exploited.
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:41:11 -0500
In an article for Bloomberg View, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Farah Pandith discusses why ISIS is winning on the digital battlefield and what can be done to change that.
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:11:40 -0500
After Paris? By now, the war in Syria has become so complicated that 'this doesn't change anything.'
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:08:32 -0500
Is the phony war over at last?
Sat, 14 Nov 2015 10:03:13 -0500
Read the Islamic State’s propaganda and you wonder if the followers might be getting ahead of their caliph.
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:00:02 -0500
Janine Davidson discusses U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and offers recommendations for the future.
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:16:34 -0400
The Obama administration has clearly pulled back from the United States’ recent interventionism in the Middle East, notwithstanding the rise of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the U.S.-led air war against it.
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:36:08 -0400
American leaders contemplating Iraq have made a habit of substituting unpleasant realities with rosy assessments based on questionable assumptions.
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:33:27 -0400
To many who have witnessed its brutal tactics and religious extremism, the Islamic State, or ISIS, seems uniquely baffling and unusually dangerous.
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:30:39 -0400
The Islamic State, or ISIS, is the first terrorist group to hold both physical and digital territory: in addition to the swaths of land it controls in Iraq and Syria, it dominates pockets of the Internet with relative impunity. But it will hardly be the last.
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:21:37 -0400
In June 2014, a small force of Islamic extremists routed the Iraqi army and seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:29:20 -0400
Sunni Arabs, trained by the U.S. in the Kurdish region of Iraq, could form an effective fighting force.
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:20:25 -0400
On September 29, 2015, President Obama hosted a summit at the UN General Assembly to discuss how countries could combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State and other extremist terrorist groups.
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:00:52 -0400
Ibrahim al-Alshaiqer al-Jaafari discusses Iraqi regional relations and global affairs.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:32:31 -0400
The Gulf War, fought swiftly and successfully, looks like something of an anomaly twenty-five years later, but its lessons remain valuable today, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass in the Wall Street Journal.
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:22:40 -0400
The use of social media and other Internet-enabled communications by the self-proclaimed Islamic State is pushing the United States and other democracies to react to the abuse of liberal freedoms by illiberal forces. CFR Visiting Fellow David P. Fidler outlines ways to counter the Islamic State's online onslaught through policies anchored in free speech, transparency, and accountability.
Sun, 24 May 2015 13:52:10 -0400
CNN correspondent Barbara Starr interviewed Defense Secretary Ash Carter on May 24, 2015. Secretary Carter stated that the reason the self-proclaimed Islamic State gained territory in Iraq is that "Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight."
Sun, 17 May 2015 09:40:38 -0400
The White House didn’t have much to say about the fall of Ramadi on Friday. Hardly surprising since this was a demoralizing blow to Operation Inherent Resolve whose mission is to “destroy” ISIS.
Fri, 08 May 2015 12:30:34 -0400
Masoud Barzani discusses the current situation in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:31:13 -0400
On April 10, 2015, the Pentagon released its map of the self-proclaimed Islamic State's operations in Iraq and Syria. The map also marks areas controlled by other groups in the region, such as Iraqi Kurdish security forces, Iraqi Government, and Syrian Government.