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  

The Future of the Kurds

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by Graham E. Fuller Of all the peoples of the Middle East who have suffered through  various wars and manipulations by the US and other foreign powers over the past century, the Kurds are probably the only people whose national… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Escalations of War in Syria

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by Reese Ehrich With its escalation of the undeclared war in Syria, the Trump Administration risks a direct military confrontation with Russia. On June 20, the United States shot down an Iranian drone flying near allied rebels in southeastern Syria.… Continue Reading  

Tensions Rise Ahead of Trump-Erdogan Meeting

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by Mitchell Plitnick Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will shortly meet US President Donald Trump in Washington. The meeting was already going to be an interesting one. The US-Turkey relationship is complicated, though both countries are members of NATO. Beyond… Continue Reading  

Can Trump and Erdogan Agree to Disagree on Syria’s Kurds?

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik Turkey and the US share certain common interests in the Syrian civil war, from defeating the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and checking Iran’s influence to calling for President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power.… Continue Reading