A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Journalist Ali Hashem discusses why Iran aims to secure control over the Syrian-Iraqi border.
In an interview, Isabel Käser discusses Kurdish female participation in northern Syria.
The Islamic State’s governing system in Syria looks a great deal like that of the Assad regime.
Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them.
In a podcast, Carnegie Middle East scholars discuss a new report on the state of the Arab world.
Donald Trump’s immigration ban has angered many Arabs, but not their leaders.
Carnegie Middle East announces the release of a major new report on the state of the Arab world.
Once the Islamic State is defeated, Iraq will have to mend a divided society.
What American voters may have wrought in the Middle East.
Hoshyar Zebari, no paragon, has fallen victim to his rivals’ political machinations.
Highly sectarian media coverage and rhetoric surrounding the campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah threatens to further damage the strained social fabric of Iraq.
Iraq’s parliament is facing an unprecedented crisis centered around Prime Minister Abadi’s two failed attempts to pass a list of candidates for a new cabinet of so-called technocrats.
In the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, many of Iraq’s Shia choose to join the Popular Mobilization Forces instead of enlisting with the Iraqi military.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State has recently experienced significant setbacks at the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-majority alliance backed by the United States.
Iraq’s al-Hashd al-Shaabi militias have challenged the state’s monopoly on force but have also played a critical role in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
Following the expulsions of several senior members of the Nusra Front, new information on the group has spilled out onto social media.
Details regarding internal disputes in the Nusra Front have recently leaked out raising questions about the future of the group.
Iraq’s formal military institutions struggle to attract recruits as many potential soldiers choose to join informal militias in the Popular Mobilization Forces.
In a recent audio recording, the spokesperson of the Islamic State marks the group's first year, admonishes rivals, and fuels sectarian tensions.