Jackson Diehl

04/23/2016 - 6:00am

    Shortly after the fall of Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, to the Islamic State in June 2014, a delegation of senior officials from Iraqi Kurdistan visited Washington with a troubling question: From where, they asked, would the force come to retake the city? The Iraqi army was too shattered, and the Kurds were...

03/10/2016 - 7:00pm

    If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton really are our choices in the presidential election this fall, we'll witness an ugly debate about the great wall of Mexico, emails, Trump University and, here and there, maybe trade or torture. But we also could hear a lot about...

02/12/2016 - 7:00am

    "The tide of war is receding," Barack Obama tirelessly insisted four years ago as he campaigned for reelection. Even then, the slogan seemed untethered from reality. Not only was fighting in Afghanistan intensifying, with no end in sight, but Syria, Iraq and...

01/13/2016 - 1:00pm

    Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric produced a predictable explosion of sectarian enmity across the Middle East last week. Less noticed - and perhaps less excusable - was the narrow, partisan and more or less sectarian reactions it prompted in Washington....

12/18/2015 - 9:00am

    The wars in Syria and Iraq and jihadist attacks in the West have obscured yet another Middle East threat: the possibility that slowly escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis will destroy one of the few remaining zones of relative tranquility between...

12/04/2015 - 9:00am

    Americans have been slow to grasp that Europe's familiar, centrist, European Union-centered political order is endangered. Poland's new government could deliver a wake-up call.

    It's been just two...

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