Failure to pursue political goals in the Middle East with the same gusto as military objectives could render today’s battlefield successes against ISIS meaningless.
Despite contrary claims from the US government, the actions of Kurdish Peshmerga in the conflict against ISIS suggest anything but a partnership of reliability and stability.
New cross-border dynamics in the Middle East have led Turkey to support the Kurds in increasingly visible ways.
With the Syrian border town of Kobane under siege for the past weeks, calls among the international community have been growing stronger for international intervention to support the town in its fight against IS militants. Chris Rodriguez looks at why Turkey is not likely to play any role in such an intervention, and why the U.S. should.
Empowering the Kurds to export their own oil could slow their preparations for independence without compromising the fight against ISIL.