Turkey and Iran may have some shared interests in Syria now, but still have competing interests in the long run. U.S. policy will have to consider both regional powers.
Omphalos: Middle East Conflict in Perspective
Omphalos takes an interdisciplinary look at the contemporary Middle East, and is published jointly with two key partners: Academic Exchange, an educational non-profit that seeks to deepen understanding of Israel in the international academic community, and the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy and its blog, Markaz. Turmoil in today's Middle East today implicates a wide array of legal questions, bears huge costs for civilian populations, and poses diverse challenges to policymakers, activists, lawyers, and reformers. For the issues that Lawfare treats, the Middle East is a kind of omphalos.
Civilian Casualties Mount in U.S. Fight against Islamic State, U.S. Forces Launch Surprise Attack Near Mosul, and Mubarak Released after Years in Detention
Did changes to U.S. rules of engagement allow a deadly strike in Mosul? Is there an endgame for the upcoming battle for Raqqa? And the release of the biggest autocrat to fall in the Arab Spring is a symbolic defeat.
Iraqi politics cannot return to the pre-Islamic State status quo, an influential Iraqi sheikh warns.
A Critical Analysis of the Report of the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict
Pnina Sharvit Baruch analyzes the Report issued in 2015 by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the conduct of the 2014 Gaza conflict and finds its investigative methodologies, legal analyses of international humanitarian law, and specific conclusions underwhelming at best.
Why did the United States just ban large electronics in the passenger cabins of certain flights? It depends on whom you ask.
Reminder—Hoover Book Soiree: Graeme Wood's The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State
The next in our series of book soirees at the Hoover Institution will take place from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, March 28, when Ben will interview Graeme Wood on his new book, The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State.
Israeli Strike in Syria Meets Unusual Opposition, Iraqi Prime Minister Meets with Trump, and Morocco Reshuffles Its Prime Minister
The Syrian military actually shot back at Israeli jets, the Iraqi prime minister thinks U.S. support will increase, and Morocco tries to form a government five months after elections.