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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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Blaise Misztal: Washington must contain the real Iranian threat to Middle East peace

National Security / News January 17, 2018

Washington must move past its fixation on the nuclear deal, for now, and confront the immediate threat Iran poses to Middle Eastern stability.

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Iran Decision Reflects Administration’s Conflicting Priorities

National Security / Press Release January 12, 2018

President Trump’s decision on the Iran deal reflects the administration’s conflicting impulses and priorities in dealing with a wide range of Iranian challenges.

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BPC’s Blaise Misztal: American support for the Iranian protests must go beyond rhetoric

National Security / News January 8, 2018

The recent eruption of protests in Iran has, predictably, split Washington in two, between those counseling silence and those urging vocal support.

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Instead of Silence or Talking Down Regime, U.S. Should Support Iran Protesters

National Security / Press Release January 4, 2018

The recent protests, and violent crackdown, engulfing Iran have provoked two different responses in Washington: counsels for silence and denunciation of the regime.

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The Case of Reza Zarrab

Jessica Michek / Blog November 27, 2017

The case of Reza Zarrab has the potential for a broader impact on shaky U.S.-Turkish relations.

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Power and Corruption in Erdogan’s Turkey: The Reza Zarrab Case and Beyond

National Security / November 27, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Understanding what makes Erdogan’s blend of crony capitalism and state sponsored patronage so effective will be crucial to understanding the nature of today’s Turkish regime.

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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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