An effective strategy for defeating IS depends on an objective that can be achieved with the resources and allies at hand.
The president's four-pronged strategy of airstrikes, support to local proxies, defending against ISIS attacks through intelligence and counter-terrorism, and humanitarian assistance leaves many unanswered questions.
Lebanon’s official policy of disassociation with the war in neighboring Syria hasn’t kept the conflict at bay.
Obama’s strategy is a positive step forward after years of relative inaction on part of the United States, but it is far from comprehensive.
If Obama’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State is to work, the Saudis and Iranians must cooperate.
Qatar wants to increase its influence and break free from Saudi Arabia’s orbit. But its miscalculations and domestic and international challenges make that difficult.
The well-intentioned instincts of Barack Obama have run up against the harsh, complex realities of a Middle East in which no conflict has only two sides or a good outcome that doesn’t create new risks.
Much of the U.S. strategy towards Iraq will hinge on what goes on in Baghdad itself and the actions that the Iraqi government takes toward its own population.
With no mainstream media channel through which to communicate, Islamic State uses extreme acts of violence in order to attract global attention online.
The most effective way to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis is for neighboring states to assume a leading role in development spending, infrastructure upgrading, and job creation.