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Iraq news and analysis from The Nation
December 11, 2017
The Death of a Dictator Leaves Yemen a Worse Mess
Ali Abdullah Saleh’s life is emblematic of the way the bright hopes of Arab nationalism have disintegrated into sectarianism.
November 27, 2017
Saudi Arabia’s Rivalry With Iran Is Further Destabilizing the Middle East
Riyadh’s divide-and-rule strategy has yielded few successes, and it hasn’t made a dent in Iran’s regional influence.
November 6, 2017
American Warfare’s Giant Open Secret
All of the wars waged by the United States in the last 70 years have had one thing in common.
November 3, 2017
Devolutionary Road: Lessons From the Failed Independence Bids of the Kurds and Catalans
Instead of cracking down on separatists, governments should devolve more powers to regional governments.
October 25, 2017
Iran’s—and Russia’s—Influence Is Growing in Iraqi Kurdistan
Baghdad’s seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk, aided by Shiite militias close to Tehran, has forced the Kurdish government to freeze its independence-referendum results.
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August 22, 2017
The Middle East’s Wars Are Creating a Lost Generation
The children who live through these conflicts could be scarred for decades.
July 20, 2017
The US Military ‘Liberated’ Mosul—by Destroying It
The only pattern in the American “war on terror” is disaster.
June 21, 2017
Was a Cuban Missile Crisis Averted in Syria, the Transatlantic Alliance Ruptured, and Intelgate Exposed?
Though briefly noted by the mainstream media, we may have witnessed three essential truths about the new Cold War.
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April 28, 2017
Is Turkey’s War on Syrian Kurds Becoming a War on the United States?
President Erdogan seems to believe he can bully Trump into abandoning his allies in the fight against ISIS.
April 18, 2017
Why We Can’t Afford to Send More Troops to the Middle East
Pursuing such policies would all but hand victory to ISIS and other extremist groups.