September 25, 2017

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US Airstrike on Syria: What Next?

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Was this a one-off intervention – or a sign that Trump will undertake more of an effort to undermine the Assad regime? Read More »

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Still Faces Legal Challenges

New York's JFK Airport was scene of spontaneous protests after President Trump's first immigration order on jan 27th. (Photo by ViewsWeek)

The revised ban allows entry to citizens of Iraq, but continues to block citizens of six other Muslim majority nations. Read More »

Thinking Outside the European Box

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For better or worse, the refugee crisis underscores that Turkey is part of Europe. Pretending otherwise could have disastrous consequences. Read More »

Why Putin Has Pulled Russia out of Syria

Fighter jets parked at Russian air base in Latakia, Syria. (Photo via video stream)

The Russian president is proving he has learned what America didn't: to quit while ahead. Read More »

How Far Can the Syrian Conflict Spiral Out of Control: Interview With Pelicourt

A taxi drives past Syrian soldiers manning a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Karama area in the Bab Amro neighborhood of Homs on May 2, 2012. (File photo by FreedomHouse)

Is the dangerously unspoken theory that ISIS is a bulwark against Iran what's keeping the West from tackling the Islamic State wholeheartedly on its territory? With no nation that can control it, the threat is now out of control and a war of ambiguous targets is emerging. Read More »

ISIS, Turkey and Oil – The Bigger Picture: Interview With Pelicourt

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Turkey's game of playing all sides in the balance of power game is difficult to sustain. The downing by Turkey of a Russian jet conducting air strikes over northern Syria is just the first move in the new phase of this game, and analysts should probably start looking at ISIS oil sales to Turkey in their examinations of why Turkey downed a Russian jet at a time when the Russians were specifically targeting ISIS-controlled oil facilities and tankers. Read More »

Pakistanization of Turkey

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It will be interesting tosee if the Syrian crisis affects Turkey the way the Afghan crisis impacted Pakistan. Read More »

Russian Military Campaign and the New Reality in Syria

A view of destruction in the Bab Amro neighborhood of Homs. (Photo by Freedom House, Creative Commons License)

If the US government accepts the Russian military campaign in Syria, it means the United States unipolar moment has already passed and that the roles of other strong states in the region are growing in importance. Read More »

European Countries Edge Towards War on Terror

Royal Air Force has also used drones in Afghanistan in the past.  (Photo by Sergeant Ross Tilly/RAF, Creative Commons License)

For the first time, a European country has used military force to carry out the premeditated killing of a specific individual outside the context of regular hostilities. Apart from the issue of whether targeted strikes are an effective or wise policy against terrorism, the UK’s latest move raises huge legal questions. Read More »

Saudi Arabia’s Long History of Meddling in Yemen

Houthi rebels are believed to be backed by Iran. (Photo via video feed)

The Saudis are reluctant to send ground troops to fight the Houthis on Yemeni soil. But recent conflicts -- in Iraq, Syria and Libya -- show that air power alone is not enough to win a decisive victory. And the longer this conflict drags on, the more likely that the Houthis will gain wide popular support as the defenders of Yemen's independence against an aggressive and meddling neighbor. Read More »