[W]hat somersaults the Trump team has to perform to escape the dangerous regional mess resulting from the gut instincts of their boss!
A withdrawal would have dramatic consequences for the United States in the region and in the world.
Russian rule prevails in the Near East.
[T]he Islamic State is not defeated, and there are those willing to fill the void left by the United States.
Ankara is aware of the ulterior motive behind Washington’s Kurdish policy: The US wants to use the YPG as leverage to have a stronger negotiating position in the period that will see the transition to democracy in Syria.
<i>The new administration does not really care about the future of the Turkish democracy. Ankara and Washington are still separated by the Kurdish question, but if this question cannot be resolved, it can be avoided.</i>
Recep Erdogan started his visit to the U.S. on May 16, during which he met with Donald Trump. [Read more]
If the Americans take Raqqa ... Russian victories, will be forced out of the public’s consciousness in the same way that the Europeans forget about the Soviet Union’s victory over Hitler.
Russia’s participation in the settlement of the Syrian conflict is acquiring a fundamentally new significance. The U.S. monopoly in the Middle East, with an emphasis on the Sunni monarchy, is being challenged.
The attacks in Paris led the principal candidates for the 2016 U.S. presidential election to put forward, in the days following Nov. 13, their plans for fighting the Islamic State — with good reason, because in little more than a year, one of them will be responsible for waging war on the terrorist group. Behind in [Read more]
The on-the-ground intervention is a partial contradiction of the inflexible line pursued by the White House, which has been careful — up to now — to not overly involve itself in the conflict.