Latest Middle East Analysis

The Islamic State's Appeal

The Islamic State's transcendent cause has a strong appeal, but only to a limited audience.

The Value of Unmanned Aircraft Is Expendability

Unmanned aerial vehicles can perform important tasks while limiting political consequences and avoiding risks for pilots.

A Boko Haram flag flies over an abandoned command post in Gamboru after Chadian troops drove out the militants Feb. 4. (STEPHANE YAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamic State: Adding Franchises, Not Capabilities

Boko Haram's pledge of loyalty to the Islamic State won't help make either group more capable.