To Save the Iran Deal, the EU Should Adjust its Strategy

Negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal in March 2015 (U.S. Department of State via Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov With the May 12 deadline set by U.S. President Donald Trump to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) approaching, European Union foreign ministers failed to agree on new sanctions against Iran… Continue Reading  

Syria: bottom line questions

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by Graham E. Fuller The Trump administration has just delivered several dozen military strikes against Syria purportedly aimed at chemical production and storage facilities. It was an act the international community feared might lead to overt war in Syria between… Continue Reading  

The Syrian Timebomb is Ticking More Loudly

Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin

by Robert E. Hunter The conflict in Syria could soon take on dimensions that no one outside of that country really wants and with consequences that will have destructive effects far beyond the local issues at stake, notably intensifying US-Russian… Continue Reading  

Why Promote a Lying CIA Director?

Mike Pompeo (Wikimedia Commons)

by Ben Armbruster It’s rare that a proponent of military confrontation who is openly hostile to a different religious belief, dismissive of climate science, seemingly supportive of torture, and unsympathetic to women’s and LGBTQ rights would be nominated to become… Continue Reading  

Can U.S. Respond to Syria Chemical Weapons Attack without Risking Escalation?

Victims of the 2013 chemical attack in Ghouta (Wikimedia Commons)

by Sam Heller After an apparent chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held Damascus suburb Saturday, the United States and its allies are considering retaliatory strikes against the Syrian government. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Sam Heller lays out the Douma attack’s… Continue Reading