Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey comments on Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet, calling it a “dangerous escalation.”
Did ISIS go too far? Will the reaction to the Paris Attacks prove to be a “game-changer” that transforms the effort to combat the so-called “Islamic State?”
Successes in the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria are creating opportunities for the United States to shift the momentum of the conflict.
The recent terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Sinai are profound tragedies and have massive security and economic consequences around the world. With a broad focus on global issues and deep expertise in key regions, the Wilson Center is uniquely positioned to provide a wide-angle view. In this publication of original essays by Wilson Center experts representing every corner of the globe, we work to give context to breaking news. As the story continues to unfold, our analysts will update this collection with new perspectives on the key emerging issues. In trying times, we hope you find our insights useful.
The Paris attacks have not only undermined Turkey’s position on a number of fronts—including the Syrian conflict, U.S. demands for a more aggressive position on the Islamic State, collaboration with Syrian Kurds, and the refugee crisis—but have also eclipsed President Erdogan’s plans to showcase his and Turkey’s growing influence at the recent G20 meeting in Anatalya.
Are the Paris attacks a “game-changer?” The Wilson Center's Aaron David Miller provides analysis.
The U.S. vetting system is strong, and so is the American tradition of welcoming the oppressed.
Shortly before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani‘s planned visit to France was postponed in the wake of the attacks in Paris, two French journalists showed Mr. Rouhani a picture from the Facebook page of a female journalist. Masih Alinejad has been waging a campaign against the enforced wearing of Islamic head dress, or hijab. They asked President Rouhani whether the photo, which showed an Iranian woman with her hair uncovered, shocked or offended him. People are free to dress as they like in the privacy of their homes, Mr. Rouhani said, but they have to obey the law requiring women to cover their hair in public. In Iran, showing a bit of hair can be punishable by flogging.
"The fight against ISIS and global jihad is the long war. It may well be the greatest foreign policy challenge of this generation. Whether the spate of recent jihadi attacks, including those in Paris, prove to be a transformational moment or just another horrific twist in this long war remains to be seen," writes Aaron David Miller.
Wilson Center Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey describes new pressure on the Obama Administration in the aftermath of the attack on Paris.