David Ignatius / Politics

Jordan Takes the Lead

AMMAN, Jordan -- One of the weaknesses of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State is that America isnt trusted as a messenger in much of the Arab world. So it is important that Jordans King Abdullah II seems ready to play an unusually ...

A 'Perfect Storm' Brews in the Middle East

TEL AVIV -- Mistrust between the Obama administration and Benjamin Netanyahu has widened even further in recent days because of U.S. suspicion that the Israeli prime minister has authorized leaks of details about the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran. ...

The Defense of Kirkuk

KIRKUK, Iraq -- From the roof of his office, Gov. Najmaldin Karim can see this multiethnic city laid out below. He points toward the Sunni suburb of Huwija about 15 miles west, which is controlled by the Islamic State. Two weeks ago, the ...

The Kurds Need Weapons, Now

MOUNT BATMA, Iraq -- From the heights here, you have a panoramic view of the strategic territory west of Mosul that Kurdish peshmerga fighters, supported by U.S. warplanes, have won back from the Islamic State over the past month. The main road ...

On Iran, Wait and See

MUNICH -- Sitting next to Iran's foreign minister on Sunday as he said that another extension of the nuclear talks isn't in the interests of anybody, it seemed clear that this particular can isn't going to get kicked down the road much farther.

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America's Good Fortune

WASHINGTON -- Niccolo Machiavelli, perhaps the shrewdest political philosopher in history, believed that great events were shaped by luck -- or "fortuna" as he called this unpredictable force of life. The same actions might produce success or ...