Walter Jones Will Be Missed

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by Paul R. Pillar Representative Walter Jones, a Republican representing North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. His death will not get as much attention as the recent passing of former representative John Dingell, Jr., who… Continue Reading  

Reviving UN Mediation on Iraq’s Disputed Internal Boundaries

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by International Crisis Group Amid the Middle East’s violent upheavals, Iraq has finally navigated to calmer waters. While Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remnants continue to trouble rural areas north of Baghdad, the group has largely been defeated… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s So-Called ISIS Families

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by Belkis Wille Across Iraq, there are men, women and children – perhaps over 100,000 if one extrapolates from statistics the government has issued on people detained on terror charges – that society has labeled “ISIS families.” In some cases,… Continue Reading  

MbS: The New Saddam of Arabia?

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by Emile Nakhleh As Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has terrorized his opponents at home and abroad, fear has spread within the Saudi kingdom. Has he become the new Saddam of Arabia? As Iraq’s Saddam Hussein did in the 1980s, MbS is… Continue Reading  

Unhappy Iraq, Buffeted from Within and Without

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by Paul R. Pillar Syria is getting most of the attention these days as a Middle Eastern cockpit of competition among outside powers, with one of the latest moves being the Trump administration’s indefinite extension of the U.S. military presence… Continue Reading