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Snapshot,
Kevin Russell

Haider al-Abadi, selected to be Iraq’s new prime minister, is already being hailed as a potential savior for his country. But the system of power sharing that resulted in his appointment is part of the reason that Iraq’s politics are so turbulent in the first place.

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Barak Mendelsohn

It is hard to believe ISIS did not understand that threatening the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan would mean directly challenging the U.S. alliance with the Kurds and potentially provoking it to fight. Indeed, it is likely that ISIS viewed the possibility as a win-win.

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Bilal Y. Saab

The United Arab Emirates has recently said and done all the right things to prove that it wants a stronger partnership with NATO. It is clear what NATO might want from the deal: help combating terrorism, funding military operations, and protecting regional sea-lanes, energy supply routes, and cybernetworks. It is less clear, however, what the UAE hopes to gain.

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Michael O'Hanlon

After containing ISIS with air strikes, the United States will need to consider what comes next. And here, Obama must be fair to his critics and avoid suggesting that those in favor of doing more want to return to the Iraq mission of 2003–2011. In fact, there are many options in between an all-out use of U.S. combat forces and the limited measures employed in recent days.

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Robin Simcox

Washington's Iraq strategy is backward. If the United States wants to influence the political situation in Iraq, it must first make itself an indispensable military player there.

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Reidar Visser

Obama has declared that he does not want to be dragged into another Iraq war. But it is not like this war came from nowhere. It is, in fact, the same one that he tried to finish in 2010 and 2011 by papering over glaring holes in the Iraqi government and then leaving.

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Michael J. Koplow and Jordan Chandler Hirsch

Israel was correct to disengage from Gaza. And now, to protect itself in the long run, it must do so again from the West Bank.

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Steven Simon

Air strikes in Iraq might be necessary for the narrow purposes stipulated by Obama. But they will have a wide range of unintended consequences -- some relatively manageable, others less so.

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Benedetta Berti

Over the past few weeks, any talk of Israel redeploying from the Gaza Strip has been met with public calls for continued military operations to defeat and disarm Hamas. But, these days, it seems that Israel is focusing on a more realistic exit strategy. That is a good thing.

Snapshot,
Mark Perry

Most of Hamas’ rockets are incapable of inflicting mass civilian casualties, flattening apartment blocks, or causing conflagrations in Israel. The nature of the arsenal makes Israel’s military operation entirely counterproductive.

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