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Contributor PerspectivesJan 20, 2020 | 09:45 GMT
A picture taken on Jan. 11, 2020, shows portraits of Iraq's slain Popular Mobilization Unit deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the late founder of Kataib Hezbollah, on the southern exit of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
Reflections on the Life and Death of an Iraqi Militant
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis fought Saddam Hussein, engineered attacks on Western embassies and took on the Islamic State. His death in the same strike that killed Iran's Qassem Soleimani increased local hostility to the U.S. presence in Iraq.
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Contributor PerspectivesDec 25, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself.
The Geopolitics of Christmas
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself. The contemporary, increasingly international version of Christmas is less a religious festival than a celebration of affluence, modernity, and above all Westernness. Without anyone willing it, Christmas has become part of a package of Western soft power.
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AssessmentsDec 20, 2019 | 10:30 GMT
Tribesmen loyal to the Houthis ride in the back of a vehicle during a gathering to mobilize more fighters on Nov. 1, 2016, on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen.
In Yemen, Saudi Arabia Takes the Path of Pragmatism
After close to half a decade involved in Yemen's conflict, Saudi Arabia appears to be changing tack. No longer as determined to vanquish the Houthis, the desert kingdom is increasingly trying to protect itself economically and security-wise from a conflict that Riyadh cannot realistically hope to win militarily. In adjusting
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Contributor PerspectivesNov 13, 2019 | 16:40 GMT
An illustration of an aged world map.
Lessons From the Past for Trump's Transactional Foreign Policy
One of the Trump administration's hallmarks has been its transactional approach to foreign policy. Writing in Foreign Policy magazine shortly before the 2016 presidential election, the strategist Rosa Brooks suggested that "To Trump, U.S. alliances, like potential business partners in a real-estate transaction, should always be asked: 'What have you
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Editorial BoardOct 30, 2019 | 21:36 GMT
Nicholas Krohley
Nicholas Krohley

Nicholas Krohley is the founder of FrontLine Advisory, a Switzerland-based consultancy, and the author of The Death of the Mehdi Army: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq's Most Powerful Militia. He has broad global experience developing intelligence and risk management platforms for both corporate and government clients, and previously served with distinction as an adviser to the U.S. Army in Iraq. He is an established thought leader on the integration of ethnographic methods into intelligence analysis and has published articles with Foreign Affairs and The Modern War Institute at West Point. He holds a doctorate and a master of arts degree from King's College London and a bachelor of arts from Yale University.

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GuidanceOct 2, 2019 | 10:30 GMT
The unprecedented attacks will force Saudi Arabia to reconsider its stance against Iran and its other Persian Gulf neighbors.
How Iran's Attack Will Shape Saudi Arabia's Regional Stance
On Sept. 14, Saudi Arabia suffered its most significant attack since armed militants ambushed the Grand Mosque in Mecca nearly 40 years ago. The 1979 Grand Mosque seizure shaped Saudi Arabia's strategic perception of the world and its rivalry with Iran. And Tehran's recent strike on Riyadh's Abqaiq and Khurais
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