A Sustainable US Policy for North Syria, the Kurds, Turkey, and Damascus

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by Joshua Landis and Matthew Barber This article is a “part-two” to the previous article “U.S. Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds, and Turkey,” which warned that the United State’s decision to back Kurdish nationalism in Northern Syria in an uncompromising… Continue Reading  

US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds, and Turkey

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by Joshua Landis The State Department has turned the page on Turkey for it no longer views Ankara is a reliable US partner. Many argue that Washington will abandon Syria’s Kurds in order to assuage Turkish anger. I doubt this.… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Iran Policy Is More about Rollback than Nukes

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by Joshua Landis The renewed US offensive against Iran is not so much about its nuclear capability or even its missile program; it is about Iran rollback and hobbling its economy. Ever since President Obama signed the Iran agreement, howls of disapproval… Continue Reading  

US: Team Up with Kurds Not Turkey to Destroy Islamic State

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by Joshua Landis The problem with letting the Turks hold Raqqa and presumably the entire Euphrates Valley that is now held by ISIS is that the Turks are endeavoring to hem in the Kurds. To do this, Turkey hopes to establish… Continue Reading  

Does Fighting in Hasakah Signal a Diplomatic Realignment on Syria?

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by Derek Davison Last week, open warfare broke out in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah between militia forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and forces affiliated with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Street-level clashes between the… Continue Reading