INTERNATIONAL. Tehran finds itself racing against a timetable that hinges not only on the US ability to shift its attention from its ongoing wars in the Middle East but also on Turkey's ability to grow into its historic regional role.
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.