Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) remains divisive, poorly understood, and plagued by internal divisions, as it is both recognized by the state and at the behest of nonstate leadership figures. Key challenges involving the PMF will shape Iraq’s political and security future.
The White House has recently hosted two very different views about how to deal with Islamism.
The Islamic State has seen hundreds of women join its ranks, flocking from countries as diverse as Austria, France, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. On the other front of the same war, Kurdish female fighters have made international headlines following their resistance in Kobanî and Sinjar.
In an interview, Kheder Khaddour discusses his recent Carnegie paper on tribal realities in eastern Syria.
Khan Sheikhoun may have been attacked because it was at the heart of a conflict in northern Hama governorate.
Maha Yahya interviews Sultan Barakat about the uncertain future of Syria.
U.S. airstrikes against the Assad regime present both dangers and possibilities in Syria.
In an interview, Charles Lister talks about jihadists and why Bashar al-Assad has to go.
In an exchange, Yezid Sayigh and Michel Duclos discuss the conditions of economic assistance to a postwar Syria.
Why Local Agreements Are Not the Solution for Ensuring Syrian Refugee Repatriation.