Middle East and North Africa News

A Third Iraq War?

Jun 18, 2014
"Given its deepening sectarian and ethnic divisions—and the absence of a cohesive or effective military—the modern Iraqi state may not hold," writes Robin Wright.

Robin Wright on the Crisis in Iraq

Jun 17, 2014
Wilson Center Scholar Robin Wright and Les Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations talk on “Charlie Rose” about the escalating crisis in Iraq.

Whatever Happens Next, Iraq Won't Be the Same

Jun 16, 2014
"The days of Iraq as a unitary country that can be ruled by a powerful government in Baghdad are over," writes Marina Ottaway.

If Shrines Are Threatened, Iran Will Send Troops

Jun 16, 2014
"Iran will need to be involved in any international solution to the chaos that has overtaken Iraq. But while there may be some commanders of the Revolutionary Guards who are arguing to send in military forces, Iran is unlikely to do more than send advisers to assist the Iraqi military, without committing its own forces," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

10 Dangers in the Iraq Crisis

Jun 16, 2014
“The danger from the extremist movement growing in Iraq is not just creating failed states out of Iraq and Syria but spawning a failed region,” writes Robin Wright.

Iran and the U.S.: The Enemy of My Enemy

Jun 16, 2014
As Iraq chaos worsens, Washington and Tehran have started using the same language. Robin Wright examines new possibilities for the two countries to work together.

Islamists Struggle to Match Religious Values to Politics

May 28, 2014
Mainstream Islamist movements across the Arab world have struggled to close the gap — or, really, even define the gap — between religious ideals and the mundane realities of everyday politics.

Poll: Tunisians Favor Islamic Influence in Government

Apr 30, 2014
A majority of Tunisians, 51 percent, believe Islamic principles should be considered when making policy or law, according to a new survey by the International Republican Institute.

How the Kurds Got Their Way

Apr 29, 2014
Iraqi Kurdistan has achieved new prosperity by exporting its own oil and gas to Turkey, against the objections of Iraq’s central government. By challenging Baghdad’s claims to exclusive control of Iraq’s natural resources, the Kurds are showing how economic cooperation can make Middle Eastern borders more porous.
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Civil War in Syria: How Will It End?

Apr 24, 2014
Robert Ford, America’s recently retired ambassador to Syria, shares his thoughts on the use of force, the prospects for a diplomatic solution, and the possibility of collaborating with Iran during a candid discussion of the ongoing violence with Syria.

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