Trump: Winning on Foreign Policy?

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by Gary Sick I have been reading Bob Woodward’s Fear, an episodic account of the first year or so of the Trump magic caravan. I also read Fire and Fury, an earlier and surprisingly well done account of the first… Continue Reading  

U.S. Syria Policy Is a Strategic Failure

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by Daniel Brumberg U.S. policy toward Syria pivots around vague and potentially incompatible goals that are not linked to adequate means. The White House wants to insure the permanent destruction of the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), expel Iranian and… Continue Reading  

Nine Thoughts on the Latest Gaza Flare-Up

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by Mitchell Plitnick Now that the latest flare-up of fighting between Israel and Gaza has subsided, at least for the moment, here are nine thoughts on the clash, the outcomes, and the implications.

Israeli Incursions into Gaza Are the Rule, Not the Exception

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by Henriette Chacar Since Israeli special forces troops got into a deadly firefight with Hamas commandos deep inside the Gaza Strip Sunday night, Israel has dropped dozens of bombs and missiles into Gaza and Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets… Continue Reading  

What Do the Midterms Mean for U.S. Mideast Policy?

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by Mitchell Plitnick There are still a few races to be decided, but the overall results of the 2018 midterms are clear. The hoped-for “blue wave” turned out to be a blue trickle, but Donald Trump’s era of completely unfettered… Continue Reading