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  • A turning point in the war against ISIS Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:27 PM ET
    A Kurdish man holds up a weapon as he tours with others the streets of Ras al-Ain in celebration, after it was reported that Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani, January 26, 2015.

    The liberation of this Syrian city marks a turning point in the war against ISIS, says David Phillips.

  • Draining the swamp of support for terrorism Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 3:14 PM ET

    Draining the swamp that gives rise to extremism and terrorism is a generational endeavor. The West's policies warrant review, says David Phillips.

  • US sanctions North Korea for Sony hacks Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    The U.S. government tightened sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the devastating cyberattacks against Sony.

  • DUBAI, Jan 1- Falling world oil prices will hurt countries across the Middle East unless Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, takes action to reverse the slump, Iran's deputy foreign minister told Reuters. Oil prices closed on Wednesday at a 5-1/ 2 year low, registering their second-biggest ever annual decline after OPEC oil exporters, led by Saudi...

  • Don't cheer Iraq oil agreement just yet Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    U.S. officials heralded the oil revenue-sharing agreement in Iraq but they should not rush to judgment. Here's why.

  • BEIRUT/ CAIRO, Dec 27- Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative. Syrian state television quoted a source at the foreign ministry saying: " Syria is ready to participate in preliminary...

  • BEIRUT/ CAIRO, Dec 27- Syria said on Saturday it is willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end its civil war. Syrian state television quoted a source at the foreign ministry saying " Syria is ready to participate in preliminary consultations in Moscow in order to meet the aspirations of Syrians...

  • BEIRUT, Dec 27- Syria said on Saturday it is willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end its civil war. "Syria is ready to participate in preliminary consultations in Moscow in order to meet the aspirations of Syrians to find a way out of crisis," state television said, quoting a source at the Syrian...

  • What needs to happen next in Iraq Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 PM ET
    Peshmerga fighters departed from the Zommar district arrive in the Sinun town of Sinjar district of Mosul, to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, in Iraq on December 19, 2014.

    The next thing that needs to happen in Iraq is liberating Mosul, says David Phillips. Here's how local leaders envision it.

  • What the lame-duck Congress tells us about 2015 Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 12:08 PM ET
    U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    The lame-duck session, which begins this week, could be instructive on what to expect from Congress next year, says Politico's Ben White.

  • GOP Senate may have limited foreign policy impact Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET
    A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014.

    With many foreign policy issues overshadowed by wider global forces, don't expect major shifts under the GOP-controlled Senate.

  • ISIS dons family-friendly guise to lure women, kids Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 8:11 AM ET

    ISIS is using a family-friendly message to attract women and kids to enlist, reports NBC News.

  • US needs to be more proactive on ISIS Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 4:28 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist".

    The US has only jumped into ISIS battles at the last minute to avert disaster. It's time to get ahead, says David Phillips.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company it accused of helping supply oil to Syria. The EU imposed similar sanctions on Colonel Mohammed Bilal, a senior officer in the Air Force Intelligence Service of Syria, and Major-General Ghassan...

  • Why Turkey refuses to intervene in Kobani  Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 6:32 PM ET

    Kamran Bokhari, Advisor, Middle Eastern & South Asian Affairs at Stratfor, discusses the heavy fighting in Kobani over the weekend and Turkey's refusal to join coalition-led strikes.

  • Why the US should take PKK off the terror list Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 3:44 PM ET
    A picture taken on August 21, 2014 shows women Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) patrolling on the front line in the Makhmur area, near Mosul, during the ongoing conflict against Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

    Turkey is on the verge of a civil war. The US can help by taking the PKK off the terror list, says former State Dept. adviser David Phillips.

  • Some bullets fired by ISIS were made in Missouri Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 8:10 AM ET
    A fighter of the Islamic State stands guard near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad June 19, 2014.

    Ammo being used by ISIS are found to have been manufactured in 21 countries including the US, NBC News reports.

  • US air strikes are working for now: Lecturer  Sunday, 5 Oct 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    Malcolm Jorgensen, Lecturer, Sydney Law School and United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, says air strikes have helped to retake strategic areas from ISIS.

  • Ukraine won't join EU by 2020: Pro  Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Alastair Newton, senior political analyst at Nomura, says it is unlikely that Ukraine will be able to join the European Union by the 2020 timetable due to the continuing turmoil in the country.

  • Australia announces airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 12:35 AM ET
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

    Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, PM Tony Abbott said on Friday.