The crisis in Iraq continues to get worse. Over the weekend, forces affiliated with the militant extremist group ISIS captured more territory, including key areas along Iraq’s border with Syria, giving militants free reign to move weapons and equipment between the two countries.

With the Iraqi military apparently unable to stop ISIS forces as they push towards Baghdad, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki in Baghdad today, urging his Shiite-led government to be more inclusive. But Kerry also says the threat from ISIS is so great, the U.S. may conduct airstrikes regardless of such reforms.


Nicholas Burns had a distinguished career in the Foreign Service and now teaches at Harvard’s Kennedy School.