Making Iraq Great Again

by Ambassador Gary Grappo

It is probably not a bad thing that U.S. President Donald Trump recently dispatched Jared Kusher, his son-in-law and his Administration’s jack-of-all-issues, to Iraq. As one of the few White House...

Turkey’s Ties to the West are in Deep Trouble

by Soner Cagaptay

Speaking at a rally in Istanbul on March 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan further escalated his ongoing fight with Europe: “Have you [Europeans] not burned and destroyed my mosques? You...

A Punch in the Nose for Iran

by Steven Ward

Now that President Donald Trump has demonstrated his willingness to get tough with a regional bad actor by using a cruise missile attack to punish the Assad regime and try to deter it from any future...

Syria: This Could Be Good Time to Press for Ceasefire

by Ambassador Dennis Ross

The U.S. military launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles from two naval warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat air base near Homs in Syria, on Thursday night. The Pentagon said the base was...

Don’t Write the UN Off – Here’s Why

by Paul Heinbecker

The Trump Administration budget includes deep cuts to some U.S. agencies, including the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as U.S.  foreign aid. The cut includes the U.S....

The Media and Global Leaders Still Missing the Mark on Trump

by Rafael D. Frankel

The elites still don’t get it. Brexit, Trump, surging right-wing nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic; and yet time after time, the media and global leaders who helped steer the U.S. and...

The Cost of Rushing into Raqqa

by Ambassador Robert Ford

The Trump Administration last week announced it deployed hundreds of U.S. Marines and Army Rangers to Syria to support the campaign to take Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria,...

The End of the American Dream?

by Carmen Medina

I’ve been a Puerto Rican all my life. I’ve also been an American citizen all my life. My ethnicity tended to confuse representatives of foreign governments, who didn’t comprehend how a Puerto...

Bush, Obama, Trump and American Power

by Rafael D. Frankel

George W. Bush and Barack Obama were, in many ways, polar opposites in world view. The former saw black and white and an eternal struggle between good and evil, where those on the side of morality...

It’s a Win-Win-Win Scenario for Russia

by Steven L. Hall

Even before the release of the unclassified version of the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions regarding Russian hacking and involvement in the U.S. presidential elections, before...