The Syria Puzzle I

A growing number of foreign policy analysts have come to the realization that demanding the removal of Bashar al-Assad in Syria before accepting Russia and Iran in the anti-ISIS coalition has been a mistake. Unity is needed against the terrorists. President Obama can finesse the issue, saying it will resolve itself when the Syrians themselves form a new government. But this presents the U.S. with a problem; how to get Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and their Syrian allies on board. November 29, 2015

The Syrian Puzzle II

There is the notion that is lurking about U.S. foreign policy in Syria. Could the refusal to be part of a unified strategy be designed to keep the burden and costs of the war directly on Russia and Iran? If so, it is reminiscent of the economic bleeding strategy begun by President Carter and continued by President Reaganís first term (only) to weaken and discredit the Soviet system. Here is another puzzle. November 29, 2015

Bigotry and Stupidity are Abroad in the Land

November 26, 2015

The reasons for these egregious cultural and political flaws are understandable if not excusable. As someone who decades ago during the Reagan administration analyzed and wrote about terrorism and testified before Congress on the matter (let me puff: the leading British terrorism expert told the BBC that I was one of the top five American experts in the field), I know how complex and counterintuitive the subject is.  ...more

What the War on the Islamic State Means for Syria

November 26, 2015

Crisis Group: What has been the impact so far of the escalating campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria?

Noah Bonsey: Itís too early to speak in precise terms about impact, but the Islamic State (IS) is an organisation that has learned to adapt to airstrikes....more

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