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June 20, 2014

Crisis in Iraq

What to Do About Iraq?

Stephen D. Biddle, Max Boot, Meghan L. O'Sullivan, and Richard N. Haass

As a part of the Council on Foreign Relations' "What to Do About…" series, President Richard N. Haass discussed the situation on the ground in Iraq and U.S. military and political policy options with Stephen Biddle, Max Boot, and Meghan L. O'Sullivan. Read the transcript »

The Realities of a Recast Middle East

Richard N. Haass

It is probably just a matter of time before we see the break-up of Iraq into an Iran-dominated south; an independent Kurdish area in the north; and an area to the northwest of Baghdad contested by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and an Iran-backed Iraqi government.  Read the op-ed »

How the United States Can Stop the Advance of ISIS

Max Boot

To stop the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Obama should offer to send a limited number of special operations forces and military trainers who can call in airstrikes and buttress the battered Iraqi security forces. At the same time, President Obama must personally press the Iraqi government for serious political reforms. Read the op-ed »

A Requiem for Iraq

Steven A. Cook

The United States should help Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki fend off the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria given the threats the group poses to American allies and interests, but Washington should also let Iraq go. The country no longer makes sense to the people who live there. Read more on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

Bridging the Middle East's Sunni-Shia Divide

Ed Husain

U.S. efforts to seek political reform with Maliki and his allies while staving off ISIS's advances is a short-term solution. Greater regional integration, similar to that of the European Union, could offer a long-term solution to bridging sectarian differences. Watch the interview »

When All You've Got Is an F-16...

Micah Zenko

The debate on what to do in Iraq has unsurprisingly shifted to a debate of whether to bomb or not to bomb. Pundits continue to argue for military force, even though its underlying logic—that the use of force will secure U.S. interests—has been refuted. Read the op-ed »

The World Ahead

The World Next Week: June 19, 2014

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

Lindsay and McMahon discuss the United States' options in the Iraq crisis; the European Council's meeting in Brussels; and the United Nations Security Council's debate on Syria. Listen to the podcast »

Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation

Micah Zenko and Sarah Kreps

The Obama administration should pursue a strategy that places clear limits on its own sale and use of armed drones lest these weapons proliferate and their use becomes widespread. Read the Council Special Report »

United States and Brazil: Just Dating Is Enough

Julia E. Sweig

It has been a long time since the United States and Brazil have had a diplomatic breakthrough. However, that Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and U. S. vice president Joe Biden met on the margins of the World Cup is significant given recent difficulties with the Snowden revelations and cyber espionage. Read the op-ed »

Will the World Cup Help Solve Brazil's Problems?

Shannon K. O'Neil

The attention generated by protests surrounding the 2014 World Cup have placed pressure on Brazilian leadership to meet the demands of the people. With São Paulo hosting the 2016 Olympic games, whoever wins Brazil's upcoming presidential elections will have added incentive to learn from the government's World Cup mistakes and focus on the country's economic, educational, and infrastructure needs. Read more on Latin America's Moment »

Security Transition Puts Afghan Women and Girls at Risk

Catherine Powell

To strengthen progress Afghan women and girls have made since 2001, the United States should focus government-wide efforts and funding on promoting Afghan women's participation in business, health, security, and education. Read the Working Paper »

What Really Happened in Iran

Ray Takeyh

Conventional wisdom about the 1953 coup in Iran rests on the myth that the CIA toppled the country's democratically elected prime minister. In reality, the coup was primarily a domestic Iranian affair, and the CIA's impact was ultimately insignificant. Read more on »

What Will Thailand's Post-Coup Democracy Look Like?

Joshua Kurlantzick

When Thailand's junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha steps down, the country's democracy will bear little resemblance to Thailand's political system of the past fifteen years or to internationally accepted norms of what constitutes democracy. Read more on Asia Unbound »

Inside CFR

June 24 - 25: NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting, Brussels
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At CFR's New York headquarters, U.S. trade representative Michael B.G. Froman discussed President Barack Obama's trade agenda for the United States. Watch the event»

At CFR's Washington, DC office, Representative Christopher Smith discussed U.S. human rights policy, congressional efforts to combat human trafficking, and implications for U.S. national security. Watch the event»

Iraq's Current Crisis in Perspective

As the United States debates options for responding to the increasing sectarian conflict in Iraq, explore this interactive timeline detailing the U.S.–Iraq War since the 2003 invasion.


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