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Qatar’s Diminishing Returns in Syria

Published on December 9th, 2016 | by Giorgio Cafiero

by Giorgio Cafiero Recent developments have set back Qatar’s five-and-a-half-year campaign to topple the Syrian regime led by Bashar al-Assad. Donald Trump’s win last month and the president-elect’s vows to sever Washington’s limited support for Syrian ... Read More



Azerbaijan: Officials Are Wrong to Securitize the Shias

Published on December 9th, 2016 | by Eldar Mamedov

by Eldar Mamedov Roughly 300 kilometers south of Baku, Azerbaijan’s booming capital with its glitzy boutiques and five-star hotels, lies a different reality. Groups of humbly dressed, unshaven men in black shirts flocked to mosques in ... Read More



Trump’s National Security Advisor: A Troubling Appointment

Published on December 8th, 2016 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh President-elect Trump’s appointment of Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn will likely create a Kafkaesque situation that Trump himself will find unmanageable. Questions surrounding the appointment could hamper the president’s plans to pursue his ... Read More



Can Europe Resist the Trump Tide?

Published on December 8th, 2016 | by John Feffer

by John Feffer Norbert Hofer is a nasty piece of work. On the surface, he seems like a bland, soft-spoken, conventionally handsome Central European engineer-turned-politician who emphasizes the conventional conservative values of family and nation. But ... Read More



Flynn Clueless on Syrian Nukes

Published on December 8th, 2016 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe As part of a continuing inquiry into Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser-Designate Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.), here’s a passage in his book co-authored by Michael Ledeen, on the alleged nuclear plant at Al ... Read More


Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2016.   REUTERS/David Becker - RTX2GYKG

Will the Trump Administration Start a War with Iran?

Published on December 7th, 2016 | by Guest

by Paul R. Pillar The direct stakes in whether the Trump administration adheres to the agreement that restricts the Iranian nuclear program are important enough, in terms of nuclear nonproliferation.  Also important are the opportunities to ... Read More

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