Putin Sees Trump as an Easy Mark on Syria
Before their Helsinki summit, the U.S. president has given his Russian counterpart little reason to take him seriously.
Trump Should Strike a Deal With Putin on Syria
The United States won’t get everything it wants, but it would be wise to protect Washington’s remaining interests before it’s too late.
America’s Credibility Is on the Line in Syria
Trump must stick to his word and tell Russia to stop violating a critical cease-fire.
At Helsinki Summit, Putin Likely to Rebuff Any Pressure From Trump on Syria
The United States wants Russia to help oust Iranian troops from Syria.
Get Ready for a More Aggressive Turkey
Erdogan’s new partner in parliament — the ultranationalist MHP — will make Ankara a more belligerent and intransigent ally.
Three Months After U.S. Freeze, Syrian Recovery Stuck in Limbo
Short on funding, U.S. and European programs designed to help rebuild after the Islamic State are faltering.
Don’t Turn The Turkish Army Into A Political Tool
Turkey has a history of coups. Whoever wins the election must prevent politicization of the military.
Russia Doesn’t Solve Conflicts, It Silences Them
The Kremlin’s involvement in the Middle East has raised Moscow’s profile while letting underlying tensions fester.
Iran Wants to Stay in Syria Forever
Russia and Israel are ramping up pressure on Iran to withdraw. But Tehran is intent on recouping its investment of blood and treasure.
Netanyahu Needs Conflict to Survive
The more Israel’s prime minister escalates tensions, the more his popularity grows.
Will the End of the Iran Deal Mark the Beginning of an Iran Strategy?
The time is ripe for a U.S. approach based on pushing Iranian domestic politics into crisis.
Israel’s Calm Before the Storm
Without deft diplomacy, confrontations in Syria, protests in Gaza, and tensions over the Iran nuclear deal could plunge the Middle East into chaos.
Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Iran’s growing presence in Syria has forced Israel’s security establishment to plan for the worst.
Congress Has Willfully Abdicated Its Responsibility Over War
It’s time for legislators to share in the authority they claim to want.
What Comes Next in Syria?
With President Trump’s strikes on Assad’s regime, the Syrian civil war is at the forefront of the global political stage. But what happens when the strikes are over?
Lost in the Middle East
The incoherence of Washington's Syria policy is a symptom of its failure to define a new role in the world.