How (Not) To End Endless Wars

by Diana Ohlbaum In defending his decision to withdraw troops from Syria, President Trump explained, “I ran on the basis we’re going to bring our great soldiers back home where they belong. We don’t have to fight these endless wars.… Continue Reading  

PJC = Private Jihadi Contractor

by David Isenberg From the very beginning of the modern private military company (PMC) era, dating back to the late 1980s, one question raised by just about every observer looking into it was, how did you guarantee that a private… Continue Reading  

Foreign Correspondent: Trump Blows it Big Time in Syria

by Reese Erlich In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has managed to create a massive and avoidable crisis in Syria. By greenlighting the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, Trump’s policy forced more than 160,000 Syrians to flee their… Continue Reading  

Turkey and the Kurds: What Goes Around Comes Around

by James M. Dorsey Turkey, like much of the Middle East, is discovering that what goes around comes around. Not only because President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have miscalculated the fallout of what may prove to be a foolhardy… Continue Reading  

What Makes the Arabs Anxious about Operation Peace Spring?

by Abdulaziz Kilani On October 9, Turkey launched a military operation against the Syrian Kurds. The move came just hours after the U.S. announced that it was withdrawing its military forces from northeast Syria. Ankara’s move has been widely criticized,… Continue Reading