Entering a Major Regional Re-set – The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War
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Entering a Major Regional Re-set – The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War

The Middle East is metamorphosing. New fault-lines are emerging, yet Trump’s foreign policy ‘hawks’ still try to stage ‘old movies’ in a new ‘theatre’. The ‘old movie’ is for the US to ‘stand up’ Sunni, Arab states, and lead them towards confronting ‘bad actor’ Iran. ‘Team Bolton’ is reverting back to the old 1996 Clean Break script…

Syria’s Kurds: The New Frontline in Confronting Iran and Turkey
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Syria’s Kurds: The New Frontline in Confronting Iran and Turkey

US President Donald J. Trump’s threat to devastate Turkey’s economy if Turkish troops attack Syrian Kurds allied with the United States in the wake of the announced withdrawal of American forces potentially serves his broader goal of letting regional forces fight for common goals like countering Iranian influence in Syria. Mr. Trump’s threat coupled with…

The US Institute of Peace… Promotes Endless Syrian War
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The US Institute of Peace… Promotes Endless Syrian War

An “independent national institute founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible,” would be the last place you would expect to find calls for continued war. Yet the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is just the place to go for exactly that. In a recent article appearing on…

The US Mainstream Media Prefer Confrontation to Cooperation
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The US Mainstream Media Prefer Confrontation to Cooperation

The Washington Post is a noisily anti-Russian newspaper which every weekday by email produces for subscribers (of whom I am one) the Daily 202 (“Power Post — Intelligence for Leaders”) which covers US politics, a little international stuff, and a section called “There’s a Bear in the Woods” aimed at denigrating, belittling and generally insulting Russia. The Post is…