Putin and Netanyahu: Converging Interests?

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by Mark N. Katz In the wake of President Trump’s announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear accord and the direct clashes between Israeli and Iranian forces in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to Moscow to… Continue Reading  

War and the Imperial Presidency

Donald Trump at MacDill Air Force Base

by Danny Sjursen It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars… Continue Reading  

Thinking about the Thinkable

Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad

by Robert E. Hunter The late Herman Kahn created a major stir in 1962, when he published a comprehensive and deeply unsettling study on thermonuclear war, Thinking About the Unthinkable. Fortunately, his propositions about what was understood, in retrospect, to… Continue Reading  

After Syria Strike, Showdown Looms over Future of Iran Nuclear Deal

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron

by Shemuel Meir Western powers made good on their warning to the Assad regime on April 14, 2018, and attacked the production and storage sites of the chemical weapons in his possession. The coordinated, wide-ranging operation by the United States,… Continue Reading  

How can we protect Syria’s civilians against the Damascus regime?

Syrian girls walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings in rebel-held Aleppo in 2015 (Jordi Bernabeu Farrús via Flickr)

by Gilles Dorronsoro By no stretch of the imagination does the Western bombing of Syria following the chemical weapons attack by the Bashar al-Assad regime on its people constitute a sufficient or proportional response to this crime. Nevertheless, it is legitimate… Continue Reading