Middle East

By Michael Casey
Contributing Writer
05 October 2015

The U.S. military must increase its involvement in Iraq and Syria to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Such an escalation is all the more urgent in light of Russia’s intensified operations in Syria.

By Sina Azodi
Contributing Writer
5 October 2015

Iran is entering a period of rapprochement with major world powers that could exacerbate insecurity in the Middle East. To avoid aggravating regional tensions, President Rouhani’s administration must refrain from adventurist policies and re-engage with Iran’s neighbors.

By Nicole Bailey
Staff Writer
July 13, 2015

Saudi Arabia risks undermining regional security and alienating key allies without a more sustainable policy toward Yemen.

By Robert Souza
Contributing Writer
June 7, 2015

Through a combination of hard and soft power, the United States must pressure the Iraqi government to mend sectarian divides in order to counter ISIS and other extremist groups in the long run.

By Kevin Ivey
Contributing Writer
April 7, 2015

Although violent, ISIS’s attacks on minorities and cultural icons are not senseless—they are calculated attempts to challenge competing identities.


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