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Syria Fixation: Evaluation of US Strategic Options and Priorities

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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 […]

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No Pardon for Snowden

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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 […]

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

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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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Spain’s Two Answers to Congressman Pitts

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On the 16th of April, the USS Florida was steaming out of the Royal Navy’s facilities in Gibraltar after a short port call. In the brief period between the Florida’s departure from the dock and her entry into the international waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Navy ship was twice harassed by Spanish vessels: […]

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The Coalition Targets Mosul

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Allied air operations in Iraq and Syria continue to indicate that Mosul is the next target of a ground offensive to retake territory from the Islamic State. The distribution and intensity of strikes around that city, and the interdiction of the logistical routes for supplying its defenders, mirrors that of previous offensives, such as the […]

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From Island Building to Island Hopping: Is China’s South China Sea Strategy Viable?

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In a tumultuous world, it takes a lot to make the headlines. Competing with the ongoing debacle in Syria, the refugee crisis splitting Europe apart, the possibility of Brexit and the flamboyant extravaganza of a US election featuring Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders is difficult: even issues afflicting important states like Ukraine or Brazil often […]

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Evolution of Coalition Air Operations and the Sunni “Endgame” in Syria, Iraq

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As I pointed out in early December, changes to the balance of forces in Syria and Iraq have been forcing together the disparate and fractious elements of the “informal Sunni coalition,” nominally led by Saudi Arabia. These actors have had little in common except an extreme wariness of Persian power and influence west of the […]

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To the Shores of Tripoli

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Great Britain and Italy are preparing to send ground troops to Libya. With little media attention and even less public debate, up to 6,000 British and Italian soldiers would be deployed to bolster the fragile unity government in its efforts to end the lawlessness in the country and combat the growing presence of Islamic State […]

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The Rights and Wrongs of Russia

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“Can NATO deter Russia?”[1] “Can NATO face up to Russia task?”[2] “Stop Putin’s Next Invasion Before it Starts,”[3] and “Putin Wants to Destroy NATO.”[4] Those are the headlines that appear in the Western press and foreign policy literature. It seems a legitimate question: Russia went to war with Georgia in 2008, annexed Crimea and supported […]

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Syria is the New Spanish Civil War

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The Syrian Civil War, the fight against the Islamic State, the anarchy in Yemen, terrorist bombings in Lebanon and Kuwait, the renewal of hostilities between Turkish authorities and the PKK: these events cannot be viewed in isolation. Although each has its own unique and specific causes, actors and circumstances, they all must be viewed through […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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