The Islamic State Creates Frenemies in Iraq

The dramatic takeover of a large swath of territory in Iraq by the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (which changed its name to the “Islamic State” after brazenly declaring itself a caliphate) has added a new dimension to the relationship between longtime foes Iran and the United States, who now suddenly find themselves on the same side in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq. In a thought-provoking new Foreign Policy Essay on Lawfare, Afshon Ostovar, a Middle East analyst at CNA Strategic Studies, takes a look at Iran’s role in the fight against Sunni militants in Iraq and what this could mean for the future of U.S.-Iranian relations.

Read Afshon Ostovar’s piece for Lawfare