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What the AUMF Is and Why You Should Care

Jessica Michek / Blog April 18, 2018

Do today’s counter-terrorist operations against groups that are not responsible for nor even existed at the time of the 9/11 attacks require a new or expanded AUMF?

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5 Questions for Next Secretary of State About Syria

Nicholas Danforth / Blog April 11, 2018

Mike Pompeo’s upcoming confirmation hearings for the top role at the State Department offer a unique opportunity to bring clarity to one of the most vital challenges facing the White House today.

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Syria Caught In Washington and Ankara Uncertainty

Nicholas Danforth / Blog April 5, 2018

If U.S. policy remains ambiguous and Turkey, Russia, and Iran remain unable to reach an agreement, initiative will stay with Damascus.

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Explainer on Syria and U.N. Resolution 2401

Jessica Michek, Nicholas Danforth / Blog February 28, 2018

There is little chance this U.N. resolution will stem the ongoing catastrophe in Syria. Its dominant flaw is an over-simplification of the Syrian conflict

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Iran’s IRGC in U.S. Sanctions Spotlight

Jessica Michek / Blog October 26, 2017

When President Trump recently outlined his administration’s approach to Iran, he called for addressing “the full range of Iran’s destructive actions” beyond just the nuclear issue. The first step was calling on Treasury to further sanction the entire Islamic Revolutionary…

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Trump Speech in Riyadh Suggests Similar Approach to His Predecessors

Blaise Misztal / Blog May 22, 2017

Although Trump laid out his administration’s major strategic objectives in the Middle East the speech provoked many questions about how it will pursue those goals.

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Principles for a New U.S. Strategy in the Middle East

National Security / Research April 13, 2017

Pointing to historical patterns of U.S. foreign policy is insufficient to guide future strategy or to justify new expenditures of blood and treasure.

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Missile Strikes Appropriate, More at Stake on Syria

National Security / Press Release April 7, 2017

The U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base was an appropriate response to the chemical weapons attack, but a broader U.S. policy objective must be to bring sustainable order to the region

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Assassination of Russian Ambassador Signals Expansion of Syrian Conflict

Blaise Misztal / Blog December 19, 2016

What seems most likely is that the attack on the Russian ambassador was carried out by a group that actually has been targeted by Russian forces in Syria.

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Under Trump, A New Dynamic for U.S.-Turkish Relations

Nicholas Danforth / Blog November 11, 2016

There is undoubtedly a sense that Trump is someone with whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can do business.

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