Trying to Exploit Iran’s Diverse Ethnic Population to Advance a War Agenda 

by Muhammad Sahimi On September 25, during the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)—a pro-Israel, anti-Iran lobby group—held a “summit” in New York that was attended by, among others, Secretary of State Mike… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Failure in Syria

by Eldar Mamedov On October 14, European Union foreign ministers condemned the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria. The Turks have undertaken this operation ostensibly to clear the border of Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Ankara regards as terrorists, but much of… Continue Reading  

Who, and What, Identifies a Threat?

by Paul R. Pillar Among the roles that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff plays is that of “global force integrator,” which entails setting priorities in addressing threats around the world and recommending where to deploy U.S. military… Continue Reading  

Syrian Withdrawal a Dangerous Regional Gambit

by Emile Nakhleh President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the Syrian-Turkish border and the ensuing Turkish offensive against the Kurds have thrown the Levant and the wider region into a deadly spiral of chaos and mayhem. Despite… Continue Reading  

Can Donald Trump Make His Short and Long Game Work in the Middle East?

by Eric Bordenkircher The U.S. decision on October 13th to withdraw its forces from northeastern Syria is prudent and long overdue. The maintenance of U.S. forces in Syria was becoming increasingly precarious, and America does not need to wake up… Continue Reading