Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Washington's major limitation towards Russia is not a lack of military leadership, but a lack of moral leadership.
Alternatives exist to airstrikes and boots on the ground when dealing with a threat such as the Islamic State.
In the smallest Gulf kingdoms, upwards of 90 percent of residents are immigrant laborers. Many face unspeakable abuse.
Like layers of an onion, ISIS supporters can be carefully peeled away. But not if Obama goes into Syria and Iraq with a mallet.
According to the New York Times, the campaign that the U.S. has initiated against the Islamic State has no immediate precedents.
Weakening ISIS requires eroding the support it relies on from tribal leaders, military figures, and ordinary Iraqi Sunnis. Here's how to do it without bombs.
But a state other than the United States might be a better choice to assume operational leadership.
Yazidi refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan now sleep in classrooms, hallways, and the courtyards of facilities intended for children’s education. What happens when school starts?
How can a state use its nuclear weapons program as a deterrent when it refuses to own up to its existence?
Contradictory U.S. policies, as with Al Qaeda a generation ago, have aided and abetted the development of the Islamic State.