The Iranians, Russians, Saudis and Turks are all jockeying for influence in Iraq while America looks on wearily.
America made plans to invade Canada and fight the British Empire and Japan simultaneously.
The war in Yemen has three dimensions, only one of which directly affects the United States.
Age-old stereotypes about the Middle East do little to help us make sense of the war in Syria today.
With the United Kingdom out of the way, the French can finally lead a defense union separate from NATO.
Russia and the United States have short-, medium- and long-term interests in pacifying Syria.
Turkey’s first priority is stopping Kurdish separatism. Longer term, it is looking at gaining regional influence.
Why did Turkey chose this moment to drive a wedge between Islamic State and Kurdish militants in Syria?
Allied propaganda envisaged of a globe-spanning German empire. It turned out rather differently.
The Syrian dictator has so far left the Kurds alone. What changed his mind is anyone’s guess.
Mosul fell because of the Iraqi state’s dysfunction. The counteroffensive may succeed, but it won’t be enough.
In the spring of 1941, Germany seemed capable of anything — even invading the Middle East.