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Challenge and Response, but No Policy Change: US Strikes Assad

On the night of April 6th, US naval forces in the Mediterranean launched 59 cruise missiles against the Syrian government facility at Shayrat Air Force Base. The Tomahawk missiles were launched from the frigates USS Porter and USS Ross in response to a deadly chemical attack carried out on Tuesday the 4th against the civilians […]

Inherent Resolve: Evaluating the First 60 days of the Trump Administration

While campaigning for election last year, candidate Trump derided then President Obama’s strategy in the war against the Islamic State. Calling it misguided and weak, Mr. Trump claimed that he knew more than the officers involved in conducting the operations of Inherent Resolve and that he had a plan to utterly destroy ISIS within 30 […]

Five Dangerous Indicators to Look for in the Trump Administration

The whirlwind of events preceding and subsequent to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has left the political establishment and most of the public agape in disbelief. During the past 10 days it seemed impossible to go to sleep without missing a new critical event that broke with […]

Trump Kills the Trans-Pacific Pact and Why That is a Good Thing

One of the first Executive Orders signed by President Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Better known as simply “TPP” this mega-trade deal was a signature effort by President Obama to craft a free trade area around the Pacific that would exclude China, allow America and her partners to “set the […]

Trump’s Nuclear Offer to Russia

Over the weekend, US President-Elect indicated his willingness to negotiate an end to Russian sanctions in return for a nuclear arms control agreement. This was ahead of a planned/not-planned meeting between the two leaders soon after the American Presidential Inauguration. With the typical vacuity of Mr. Trump’s policy statements, there were absolutely no details provided: […]

Trump’s Russia Policy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Critics of Donald J. Trump point to his complete inexperience in foreign policy as one of his key weaknesses, and they have a point: Mr. Trump has no experience in this field and proudly admits it. This has not been a major issue for the American electorate; or perhaps it is more accurate to say […]

Trump’s Taiwan Policy: Bumbling Towards War?

Donald Trump is not yet President, but he has already brought the United States substantially closer to war with China. The President Elect took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, December 2nd and events went from bad to worse almost immediately. When challenged by media and foreign policy experts as […]

Syria Fixation: Evaluation of US Strategic Options and Priorities

Tensions have increased sharply between the United States and Russia since the breakdown of the Syrian ceasefire two weeks ago. Although there have been no incidents involving forces from either side, there has been much irresponsible talk on both sides. There has also been a concrete escalation, mostly on the side of the Russians, which […]

No Pardon for Snowden

Edward Snowden has a suggestion for President Obama: “pardon me.” The Presidential Pardon is a prerogative that can be exercised at any time, but is especially favored by Oval Office holders in the last days of their Administration. It is an extraordinarily powerful executive privilege: there is no judicial review, no Congressional oversight, no possibility […]

Did the US Abandon the New Syrian Army at Al Bukamal?

On the 28th of June, elements of the rebel force called the New Syrian Army executed a highly ambitious attack to seize the key border town of Al Bukamal. The town sits astride Highway 4[1], the Euphrates River and is only 6 kilometers from the Iraqi border and the town of Al Qa’im. It is […]

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