Iraq’s Paramilitary Groups

by International Crisis Group At the end of 2017, when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), he thanked not just the state’s armed forces but also an array of autonomous armed groups.… Continue Reading  

May 12: A Potentially Future-Shaping Day for the Middle East

by James M. Dorsey With President Donald J. Trump scheduled to announce whether he will uphold the international community’s nuclear agreement on Iran and Iraqi elections slated for the same day, May 12 is gearing up to be a day that could shape the… Continue Reading  

Does the Road to De-Escalation in the Middle East Run through Baghdad?

by Eldar Mamedov When the neoconservative echo chamber in the US was selling the war in Iraq almost two decades ago, it promised that the “road to peace in the Middle East ran through Baghdad.” This notion, of course, was… Continue Reading  

How Will Iran Respond to US Missile Attack in Syria?

by Shireen T. Hunter Iran has been a major supporter of Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s beleaguered president, throughout its civil war, which has entered its sixth year. In fact, until Russia decided to conduct airstrikes in Syria in September 2015, Iran… Continue Reading  

Islamic State: Apocalypse Postponed?

by Derek Davison When the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) began publishing an online magazine in 2014, it named the new publication Dabiq, after the north Syrian town by the same name, which ISIS captured later that same year. The… Continue Reading