Middle East and North Africa

Standing Tall In Iraq Against the Islamic State

September 18, 2014 by Robert A. Caruso

To actively shape a new Middle East, the U.S. must invest in our partners on the ground. The task is straightforward: we must build the capacity of moderate Sunni and Kurdish groups across the region, while isolating and ultimately combating the Islamic State (IS) and Iran’s allies.

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The Vetting Trap

September 9, 2014 by Ameya Naik
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To find suitable, verifiably moderate recipients for U.S. assistance in Syria, stop looking for guarantees that do not exist in a war zone.

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It Still Takes a Network: Defeating the Progeny of al-Qaeda in Iraq

July 31, 2014 by Travis Douglas Wheeler
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Testifying before the Senate in June days after the Islamic State seized Iraq’s second largest city, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, implored lawmakers to temper their expectations regarding the American use of force.

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Dismantling the Sectarian Narrative

June 10, 2014 by Mowaffak Al-Rubaie
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For centuries, sectarianism has played a pivotal role in shaping the social, economic, security, and political relationships between and within various Muslim countries. Over time, the differences deepened to the extent that the two sects have engaged in all out warfare.

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The President’s Mixed Messages

June 4, 2014 by Ameya Naik
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The persistence of policy responses from the War on Terror era undermines the foreign policy message President Obama has said he wants to send.

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An Interview with Tamara Cofman Wittes: The Politics of Sectarianism in the Middle East

May 20, 2014 by Forum Staff
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Wittes discusses the political dimensions of sectarian conflict in Arab countries such as Syria and Iraq, as well as the policy challenges the United States faces in confronting the ethno-sectarian conflicts in the Middle East.

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