Trump May Be Right

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by David W. Lesch In the wake of the recent US targeted attack in Syria, President Trump’s comments a couple of weeks ago that the US needs to get out of Syria as soon as US-backed forces mop up the… Continue Reading  

Debunking The Myth: White House Envoy Jason Greenblatt Is No Moderate

U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt (front row, center) touring Israel in August 2017 (Wikimedia Commons)

by Aaron Magid A growing understanding has emerged that amidst the hardline statements of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, there is still a responsible adult working on the Middle East file: White House envoy Jason Greenblatt.

Two Sides to Congressional Engagement on Yemen

U.S. Senator and SFRC member Ben Cardin (D-MD)

by Eric Eikenberry and Will Picard The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) held a hearing Tuesday morning on US policy in Yemen, the first such hearing in over a year. To help prepare committee members for today’s hearing, the Congressional Research… Continue Reading  

What to do in Syria

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by Mitchell Plitnick There are no good options left in Syria. The recent chemical attack in Douma and the response by the United States, United Kingdom, and France to that attack highlighted this point. The attack by the three Western… Continue Reading  

Non-Accomplishment in Syria

James Mattis and Joseph Dunford briefing reporters on the April 14 military operation against Syria (Wikimedia Commons)

by Paul R. Pillar The missile strike against Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack has given many people a cathartic moment without having to produce any new and effective ideas about how to deal with the ugly conflict… Continue Reading