The Iraqi army that never was. Kelley Vlahos details how the U.S.-trained army “was corrupt, incompetent, and unmotivated from the beginning.”

It’s not a revolution. Chris Yeung explains why the protest movement in Hong Kong doesn’t qualify as a revolution and why the protesters reject the term.

The U.S. military should fight wars, not Ebola. Andrew Bacevich questions the regular use of soldiers for humanitarian missions.

Goodbye to Poland’s hawks. Annabelle Chapman explains the recent changes in Poland’s government, including the departure of the hawkish foreign minister Radek Sikorski.

Sweden’s changing foreign policy. Reuters reports on the shifts in Sweden’s foreign policy following the recent change in government.

How Assad is exploiting the war on ISIS. The New York Times reports on how Syrian regime forces are using U.S. attacks on ISIS to launch more attacks against other anti-regime groups.

15 by-elections that shook Britain. In connection with UKIP’s impending victory in the Clacton by-election, Stephen Bush of The Daily Telegraph reviews previous by-elections that had an outsized effect on the politics of the U.K.

Six reasons why the Clacton by-election matters. Matthew Holehouse considers the implications of a UKIP win.