The U.S. is allowing Turkey to become more authoritarian and opposed to the anti-ISIL effort.
With much of the world seemingly arrayed against the Islamic State, how is the group still so powerful?
The expansion of ISIS not only poses a direct military threat, but also distracts from other important regional issues such as nuclear proliferation.
Although full U.S. combat operations officially ended in Afghanistan in 2014, the fight against extremism rages on.
In the past year alone, ISIS has reportedly received over $35 million in ransoms, leading many to question the decision of some states to negotiate with terrorists in order to free kidnapped citizens.
President Obama’s recently proposed AUMF against the Islamic State is meant to serve political, not legal, ends.
Would a new AUMF actually limit the war-making powers of President Obama or his successors?
New cross-border dynamics in the Middle East have led Turkey to support the Kurds in increasingly visible ways.
As the Iraqi government employs largely Shiite militias to counter the Islamic State, it may only be a matter of time before full-scale civil war is reignited in Iraq.