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Turkey’s ‘Deep State’ Has a Secret Back Channel to Assad

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently patched up ties with Russia and Israel. Are a couple of nationalist politicians laying the groundwork for a deal with Syria’s strongman?

Report

Relative of American Jailed in Iran Pleads for U.S. Help

Cousin urges Washington to cut a deal with Tehran to secure release of Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father.

Sightlines

The Exchange: When Do African Problems Need African Solutions?

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Ory Okolloh discuss the continent's brain drain and debate the best ways to keep talent at home.

Argument

A Humanitarian Intervention in the West Wing

The State Department's Syria dissenters realize it’s time to plan for a post-Obama Middle East.

Argument

The Syria Dissent Channel Message Means The System Is Working

The State Department Syria memo isn't some dangerous sign of insurrection. It's an essential instrument for sparking essential debate.

Argument

Argentina’s Deal With the Devil

For a moment, it looked like Venezuela’s beleaguered opposition had a powerful new ally in Buenos Aires. But it didn’t take long for principles to give way to big politics.

The Cable

SitRep: U.S. Diplos Slam Obama Syria Policy; JSOC and CIA Team Up On Drones

Russian Bombs U.S. Syrian Allies; CIA Chief Says No More Torture; and Lots More

Podcast

The Future History of Obama’s Foreign Policy

In the coming decades, will the outgoing president’s foreign policy ultimately be remembered as a success or will it be overshadowed by what some would call his inability to act?

The Cable

Riyadh Beats Back U.N. Accusations of Yemen Abuses

The United Nations had Saudi Arabia on a list of the world’s worst abusers of children. Riyadh just succeeded in getting itself taken off.

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