• Eurasia Outlook
    Strategic Cynicism in Kobani
    Michael Cecire October 30, 2014

    In isolation, Turkey’s actions in Iraq and Syria appear strategically myopic and potentially self-defeating, but they do accept that even an assured victory against ISIS irregulars could end up empowering the same regime Ankara has pledged to remove from power.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Who Are the Soldiers of the Islamic State?
    Aron Lund October 24, 2014

    Most Islamic State fighters on the ground are local Syrians and Iraqis. Many of them are conservative and religious, but the vast majority are not ideological Salafi-jihadis.

  • Syria in Crisis
    A Kurdish Alamo: Five Reasons the Battle for Kobane Matters
    Katherine Wilkens October 10, 2014

    The outcome of the battle for Kobane will have significant implications for the fight against the Islamic State and developments in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq moving forward.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Why Is Turkey Still So Reluctant to Join the Coalition Against the “Islamic State”?
    Bayram Balci October 10, 2014

    Turkey hesitates to fully embrace the U.S.-led coalition’s actions against the Islamic State. Ankara’s most crucial hesitation relates to the Kurdish issue which plays such a central role in Turkish policy in the Middle East.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Is Turkey Going to War?
    Aron Lund October 3, 2014

    While Turkey is likely to lend assistance to the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State, the recent parliamentary vote won’t trigger any military action by itself. For Turkey, the top priority is not to join the campaign but to leverage it for other purposes.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Problem of ISIS as the Prism of Contemporary Politics
    Alexei Arbatov October 3, 2014

    The events in the Middle East in the last few months have muddled the primitive black-and-white picture painted by the advocates for the new Cold War. The modern world presents us with an incredibly complex, conflicting and at times somewhat bizarre picture.

  • Strategic Europe
    NATO Stays Far Away From the Islamic State
    Judy Dempsey September 29, 2014

    NATO has been almost completely absent in the debate about how to deal with the Islamic State. That is down to a number of fundamental differences among members of the alliance.

  • Strategic Europe
    Judy Asks: What on Earth Is Turkey Up to?
    Judy Dempsey September 24, 2014

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Gulf Participation in the Anti–Islamic State Coalition: Limitations and Costs
    Frederic Wehrey September 23, 2014

    The contribution of Gulf Arab countries in the fight against the Islamic State should not be overstated and should be caveated with an awareness of the risks and costs—for both the Gulf regimes at home and U.S. interests in the region.

  • Syria in Crisis
    What Is the “Khorasan Group” and Why Is the U.S. Bombing It in Syria?
    Aron Lund September 23, 2014

    The “Khorasan Group,” a network affiliated with al-Qaeda, has been a target of recent U.S. bombing in Syria. The sudden flurry of revelations about the group in the past two weeks smacks of strategic leaks and political spin.

  • Event
    The Islamic State and the Middle East’s Shifting Geopolitical Landscape
    Marwan Muasher, Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Michele Dunne, Karim Sadjadpour, Yezid Sayigh, Frederic Wehrey, Hayder al-Khoei, Joseph Bahout, Denise Natali, Hassan Hassan, Soli Özel, Hossein Mousavian, Joel Rayburn, Ray Takeyh, Tony Blinken October 29, 2014 Washington, DC

    Four panels of regional experts and practitioners will consider the political, security, and sectarian dynamics fueling the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the inherent contradictions within the U.S.-led coalition, the impact of Iran on recent developments, and the challenges facing U.S. policymakers.

  • Event
    Disrupting ISIL’s Money Trail
    Marwan Muasher, David S. Cohen October 23, 2014 Washington, DC

    With a broad international effort underway to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), David S. Cohen outlined the United States’ strategy to undermine the organization’s financial foundation.

  • Event
    Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism
    Moisés Naím, Milan Vaishnav, Louise Shelley October 22, 2014 Washington, DC

    The entangled threat of crime, corruption, and terrorism remain important security challenges in the twenty-first century.

  • Event
    A Strategy for Fighting the Islamic State
    Lina Khatib, Sarkis Naoum, Yezid Sayigh September 24, 2014 Beirut

    Following the U.S. announcement of a strategy against the Islamic State, the Carnegie Middle East Center held a talk to analyze the direction of American foreign policy and the creation of an international coalition to tackle the Syrian-Iraqi crisis.

  • Event
    What Next for Kurdistan and Iraq?
    Maria Fantappie, Kawa Hassan, Lina Khatib July 17, 2014 Beirut

    As most of Iraq threatens to collapse under the weight of sectarian violence, Kurdistan in northern Iraq stands in sharp contrast. Will Kurdistan seize this opportunity to declare its independence?

  • Event
    The Future of Iraq
    Marwan Muasher, Lukman Faily July 1, 2014 Washington, DC

    The recent capture of Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul by the jihadi extremist group ISIS has plunged the country into chaos.

  • Event
    America’s Second-Longest War: Taking Stock
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Ryan Crocker, Emma Sky, Linda J. Bilmes, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Major General H.R. McMaster, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Samir Sumaida’ie March 21, 2013 Washington, DC

    Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, it is important to examine Iraq’s trajectory today, the war’s cost, and the geopolitical lessons learned.

  • Event
    A Conversation with General Martin Dempsey
    General Martin Dempsey, Jessica Tuchman Mathews May 1, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    General Martin Dempsey, the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

  • Event
    The State of Iraq
    Ad Melkert, Joel Rayburn, Marina Ottaway February 14, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    Iraq is facing a new crisis as the government of national unity is under severe strain and sectarian tensions increase.

  • Event
    Public Opinion on Iraq and the Arab Spring
    James Zogby, Edward Gnehm Jr., Mustafa Hamarneh, Marwan Muasher, Marina Ottaway December 19, 2011 Washington, D.C.

    Zogby Research Services conducted polling in eight countries across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in the United States, to look at public opinion on the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, the Arab Spring, and other recent developments in the region.


Carnegie Experts on Iraq

  • Michele Dunne
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

  • Ariel (Eli) Levite
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.

  • Jessica Tuchman Mathews

    Mathews is president of the Carnegie Endowment. Before her appointment in 1997, her career included posts in both the executive and legislative branches of government, in management and research in the nonprofit arena, and in journalism and science policy.

  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

  • Paul Schulte
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program and Carnegie Europe

    Schulte is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program and at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on the future of deterrence, nuclear strategy, nuclear nonproliferation, cybersecurity, and their political implications.

  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Wehrey’s research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly. He was previously a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.


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