The US military’s withdrawal from Baghram Air Base—the largest US military installation in Afghanistan— in anticipation of its complete withdrawal from the country later this year, has sparked speculation about the country’s short- to medium-term future.
Fellow, Middle East Policy
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi signaled last week that Iraq was ready to begin playing, once again, a significant role in the security and stability of the region.
News of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, has sparked debate across the region about the consequences of his demise.
While the world media’s attention is fixed on the Israeli offensive in Gaza, the region’s other bloody conflicts rumble on. There is a sense locally that other crises are being ignored, especially by the Western media — at that this lack of attention only perpetuates the violence.