The referendum for independence for Kurdistan in Erbil, Iraq

On Sunday, Kurds in Iraq are expected to vote overwhelmingly for independence. This as the war to crush the so-called Islamic State is almost won. Can anything hold Iraq together?

Limits of Friendship

For all of the president’s praise for the Chinese leader since their April summit, the two nations today have vastly different priorities on North Korea, as a Friday meeting made plain.

Shifting Alliances

The Kremlin may be backing Bashar al-Assad and publicly denouncing Israel’s strike on Damascus’ airport Thursday, but the two sides are ‘tightly’ coordinating behind the scenes.