Unhappy Iraq, Buffeted from Within and Without

Haidar al-Abadi (Shutterstock)

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  

Camp David and Oslo, 40 and 25 Years On

The Nobel prize laureates for 1994: PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

by Paul R. Pillar This month marks anniversaries of two major agreements signed at the White House that appeared to be major steps toward a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace but never produced such a peace. On September 17, 1978, Israeli Prime… Continue Reading  

An Unending U.S. War in Syria

James Jeffrey (Hudson Institute via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar Amid a week of attention-grabbing drama about the dysfunction of Donald Trump’s presidency, it almost escaped notice that his administration is putting U.S. troops in harm’s way in a foreign war for a new purpose—a purpose… Continue Reading  

War Crimes In Yemen

Coalition airstrike in Sanaa, 2015 (Wikimedia Commons / Ibrahem Qasim)

by Paul R. Pillar The war in Yemen has been for some time one of the worst current man-made humanitarian disasters. Now comes a report, from the United Nations Human Rights Council and based on extensive investigations of a group… Continue Reading  

Brexit And Rare Accountability For Folly

Boris Johnson (Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock.com)

by Paul R. Pillar The Brexiteers in the United Kingdom who sold their fellow citizens a bill of goods before the Brexit referendum two years ago are starting to pay a political price. They are paying it as the countrymen whom… Continue Reading