The Corner

Is Iraq in a Civil War?

The political debate in Washington about Iraq is on its own trajectory, and is grounded more in jockeying for the upcoming elections than in events unfolding in Iraq. David Patten, currently serving in Iraq, has written an important piece looking at definitions of civil war and the implications of labeling Iraq a civil war. Such monikers have consequences. Here .

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.