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  • Obama: 'Only one option' against ISIS militants Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:40 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    While seeking authorization for the use of force against ISIS, Obama stressed he was not asking for another ground war in the region.

  • What the US needs to do to defeat ISIS Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    Members of the Iraqi Kurdish forces stand at the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 km west of the northern city of Kirkuk, as smoke billows in the background on February 2, 2015, a fews days after Peshmerga forces and police retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group.

    If the US is serious about defeating ISIS, it needs to arm the Kurds—or this is going to wind up in US boots on the ground, says David Phillips.

  • Cyberspace: 'A credible theater of war'? Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    Cyberspace: 'A credible theater of war'?

    FireEye have released a report about a hacking operation that breached the Syrian opposition's data through the use of fake female identities. Richard Turner, EMEA vice=-president of FireEye, explains further.

  • Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET
    Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army

    We need a strategy, says Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), discussing transition in Saudi Arabia amid instability in the Middle East and ISIS terror attacks.

  • 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
    ISIS ISIL Iraq

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • President Barack Obama speaking at the end of the year press conference at the White House, Dec. 19, 2014.

    "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," Obama said of Sony's decision.

  • White House turns the corner on VA scandal Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.

    The White House has managed to move forward from Veteran Affairs health care scandal, among other events, reports NBC News.

  • 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
    ISIS fighter, North American ISIS fighter, Islamic State

    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 ISIL Iraq

    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.

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

    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
    US air strikes are working for now: Lecturer

    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
    Ukraine won't join EU by 2020: Pro

    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.