The Trump administration’s Syria policy resembled a Rorschach inkblot—an ambiguous shape to which observers could ascribe their own preferred meaning.
Trump’s relations with foreign leaders have followed a consistent pattern. Given the issues that divide the U.S. and Turkey, it’s somewhat of a mystery what Trump thinks he's getting out of his relationship with Erdogan.
Russia is back and here to stay. Others had better accept it and learn to deal with it — without undue expectations, but also without inordinate fear.
President Trump should seize the opportunity to help end the strategic and humanitarian calamity in Yemen.
Popular movement reflects a growing confrontation between the old language of 'sects' and a new language of citizenship and social justice.
The jihadi threat, while still dangerous, has been overtaken by the scourge of homegrown right-wing extremist terror.
Does the death of al-Baghdadi herald the end of the self-proclaimed Islamic State? In a word: No.
The reemergence of Russia as a major power broker in the Middle East is striking because for a quarter century after the Cold War, Russia had been absent from the region. But Russia’s absence, and not its return, is the anomaly.
Even if a government of technocrats takes over – as per popular demand – it would have to work against the vested interests of the political class.
Trump deserves full credit for approving the operation that led to Baghdadi’s demise. It’s a shame the information that led to the raid apparently did not come to him before the tragic decision to abruptly pull U.S. Special Forces from much of northeastern Syria.
Does Trump’s Kurdish betrayal spell disaster for America’s allies and rapture for their adversaries? Are we in for a major realignment because Trump has forgotten who America’s friends are?
America’s withdrawal creates an opportunity and a challenge for Moscow.
Syria is a complicated place that offers no one an unqualified win. Instead, it is a land where plans for peace, good governance and stability go to die. And right now, there’s little Washington is willing or able to do about it.
With the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, Trump has made it infinitely harder, if not impossible, for the United States to do what he claims he wants: ask allies to share in the burden of national security.
Development, dissent, and the future of the Arab world.
Tunisia an unprecedented opportunity for a democratic opening.
The recent election was about Tunisians wanting to distance themselves from the failures of established political figures and parties, and who they want to lead them into the future.
It is time to put the hands back on the wheel of diplomacy and steer toward an off-ramp with Iran before it is too late.
Only eight years after the uprising, Tunisians have shown that they learned, reproduced, and know democratic values.
Facing a world in which the White House’s words have lost their weight, Americans will need to reckon with the consequences.