The World This Week: Is It the End of the Islamic State?

Jul 16, 2017

Even as Iraq’s prime minister struts around Mosul, fresh troubles lie ahead unless reform, reconciliation and reconstruction succeed. This week, the Trump family saga rolled on. After Ivanka, a true Americana princess, sat briefly on daddy’s throne at the G20 summit, it is her brother’s...

What the Destruction of Mosul Means for the Rest of the World

May 15, 2017

If you don't think that the destruction of Mosul will reverberate in our world, too, then you don’t get our world. The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away — or so the Internet assures me. Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I...

Under Trump, the US May Now Be Killing More Civilians Than Russia

Mar 30, 2017

With mass-casualty events from Raqqa to Mosul, some think the US military is scrapping rules designed to protect innocents. In a desolated patch of Mosul, Iraq, people are still digging through the rubble. Rescuers wear masks to cover the stench, while anxious family members grow desperate about...

Iraq: Instability to Persist After the Fall of Mosul

Jan 12, 2017

The eventual fall of Mosul will mark a significant victory for the Iraqi government and a major defeat for the Islamic State, though the group’s supporters will continue to launch terrorist attacks. On January 8, Iraq’s elite counterterrorism troops reached the eastern bank of the Tigris...

Mosul is Pivotal in US Counterterrorism Strategy

Jan 09, 2017

Long-term consequences could abound if the US does not strike a balance in Iraq. A coordinated attempt by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Kurdish Peshmerga forces supported by US-led coalition air power to liberate Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, from control of the Islamic State (IS) began...