On Iran, Is It Trump Versus His Own Neocons?

Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump (Department of State via Flickr)

by Trita Parsi Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement of the creation of a new Iran Action Group at the White House–almost exactly on the anniversary of the CIA-led coup against Iran’s elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953 no… Continue Reading  

Building on Afghanistan’s Fleeting Ceasefire

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by International Crisis Group For three days over the Eid al-Fitr holiday, Afghanistan witnessed an historic ceasefire by the main parties to its decades-long and ever bloodier conflict. A steep drop in violence brought a brief sense of normalcy to… Continue Reading  

What Happens Now in Syria?

Joshua Landis

by Derek Davison The Syrian civil war is at something of a crossroads. With the Syrian government having secured the area around Damascus its attention now seems to be turning to both Idlib province in northwestern Syria and Daraa province… Continue Reading  

The Magical Thinking Behind an Attack on Hudaydah

Hudaydah port

by Eric Eikenberry Over the last several days, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post have independently reported that the Trump administration is softening on a potential United Arab Emirates-led assault on Hudaydah, Yemen’s largest port and a major… 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.