Can Russia Succeed Where America Failed in the Middle East?


by Mark N. Katz At a recent Valdai Discussion Club conference in Moscow, the Russian participants were highly critical of U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East (as were many speakers from the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. itself).… Continue Reading  

White House Syria Statement Raises Eyebrows


by Derek Davison The Trump administration may be gearing up for another military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military. Late in the day on Monday, the White House released the following statement: The United States has identified potential preparations… Continue Reading  

Why Does Moscow’s Perennial Quest for Recognition Go Nowhere?


by Igor Torbakov The rise of Donald Trump’s administration in the United States was supposed to be a boon for Russia. Instead, it has become a source of profound disappointment for the Kremlin. Russia’s expectation was that Trump’s remarkable electoral… Continue Reading  

Syria: Strike or Gutter Ball?


by Robert E. Hunter To borrow an old Washington saying, President Donald Trump now “owns Syria.” That would probably have been true anyway, but with the cruise missile attacks on the Shayrat air base, the conclusion is now inescapable. It… Continue Reading  

Tales of Russian Ascendancy in the Middle East Are Overblown


by Perry Cammack and Richard Sokolsky The Syrian ceasefire that began on December 29 is the latest diplomatic coup for Russian President Vladimir Putin. It remains to be seen whether this initiative, which builds on the momentum of earlier talks… Continue Reading