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  

A Tale of American Hubris

George W. Bush declaring "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq in 2003

by Tom Engelhardt The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington’s present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the hell of it,… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Wag the Dog Strategy on Syria Helps No One – Not Even Himself

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by William Hartung After a few days of threatening tweets and tough guy rhetoric, Donald Trump went ahead and instructed the U.S. military to bomb Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians there that has been widely… Continue Reading