What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid

by International Crisis Group In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set to make counter-terrorism a centrepiece of his foreign policy. His administration’s determination against groups that plot to kill Americans is understandable,… Continue Reading  

Kurds, Turkey, and Syria

by Robert Olson In this piece I want to address further the topic of the situation of the Kurds as embedded in the evolving geopolitics of the Middle East, especially Turkey.

The “Rubik’s Cube” Challenges to a Final Iran Nuclear Deal

by Derek Davison As talks aimed at a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran continue, with principals from Iran and world powers meeting in Vienna this week, two recent analyses of the negotiations have compared the talks to a “Rubik’s Cube.”… Continue Reading  

The Making and Unmaking of Iran Sanctions

A new report released by the International Crisis Group this week examines the efficacy and unintended consequences of sanctions on Iran and suggests steps that can be taken during the diplomatic process to unwind them and mitigate their humanitarian consequences while… Continue Reading