The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2014

Turkey stands by doing nothing while US bombs have been unable to slow down Islamic State fighters: The battle for Kobani has revealed the West's helplessness in the face of radical jihad. Worries of a massacre are growing. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2014

The argument that a stable, autocratic state is better than a failed one has become increasingly fashionable. But it misses the fact that autocracies are ultimately the source of that chaos. A Commentary By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2014

Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse. A Commentary By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Digital Jihad: Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

Digital Jihad: Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2014

Islamic State's methods may be medieval, but the group's propaganda is second to none. The Islamists target their professionally produced videos at specific audiences -- sometimes to spread a specific message, sometimes merely to terrify. By Christoph Reuter, Raniah Salloum and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

The Caliphate Next Door: Turkey Faces Up to its Islamic State Problem

The Caliphate Next Door: Turkey Faces Up to its Islamic State Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2014

For years, Ankara has been tolerating the rise of the extremist Islamic State. But now that the jihadists are conquering regions just across the border in northern Syria, concern is growing that Islamist terror could threaten Turkey too. By Katrin Elger, Hasnain Kazim, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

The Syrian Front: Waiting to Die in Aleppo

The Syrian Front: Waiting to Die in Aleppo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2014

Bashar Assad's troops have control of western Aleppo and drop barrel bombs on the eastern half every day. Death is ever present. SPIEGEL recently spent a week in what has become a ghost town. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2014

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi played an infamous role in spurring the 2003 American invasion of his country. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL about the rise of Islamic State, why the West misjudged the jihadists and whether it is time to cooperate with Assad. Interview conducted by Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2014

Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle against Islamic State extremists, he has a war of his own. His plan of attack, though, is filled with uncertainties and America's ultimate goal remains unclear. By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Michael Ignatieff Interview: 'Those Fighting Islamic State Are the Lesser Evil'

Michael Ignatieff Interview: 'Those Fighting Islamic State Are the Lesser Evil'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2014

In an interview, Harvard professor and UN advisor Michael Ignatieff discusses his concept of the responsibility to protect civilian populations threatened by genocide, German weapons deliveries to the Kurds in Iraq and the idea of a deal with Assad to bring peace to Syria. Interview Conducted By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2014

Within just a few years, the Islamic State has grown to become the most feared jihadist group in the Middle East. In an interview, Brookings Institution fellow Charles Lister describes IS' rise in Iraq and Syria and what can be done to stop it. Interview Conducted By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]