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Leaks, Drones, Mystery Attacks: US-Iran Tensions Boil Hot, But…

Posted by Arie Egozi on


As troops and hardware are on the move in the Gulf, diplomats signal that no one is eager for war.

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Despite US Threats, Another Ally Mulls Russia’s S-400

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Another US ally — and host of a critical Middle Eastern air base — is considering buying a high-tech Russian missile system. What can Washington do about it?

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Trump Administration Warns Friends Against Russia Arms Deals

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As some Gulf and Asian allies consider big purchases of Russia arms, the Senate is set to uphold a law signed by Trump that would slap sanctions on them for cozying up with Moscow.

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Syria: Just Say No (To Regime Change)

Posted by Charles V. Peña on


  Sen. John McCain said in early February that, it “is time for the international community to abandon the absurd fiction of a political solution that leaves Assad in power (in Syria).” McCain, who was reacting to Amnesty International’s report about mass executions by Bashar al Assad’s regime, argued: “Bashar Assad does not belong in a… Keep reading →

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Two Cheers for OCO: Grease For Budget Wheels

Posted by Mark Cancian on


The verdict from think tanks and commentators is in: Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), the much-criticized war funding account, should move to the base budget because of abuses and a lack of transparency. As a matter of theory, such a move would be good government. OCO deflects hard choices and distorts the budget process. In the… Keep reading →

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No Win In Syria: We’ll Be Glad To Keep Assad

Posted by James Durso on


It seems just like old times: the Turk is back in the Levant, Aleppo is under siege, and the ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) is dispensing justice. When did it all go wrong?  When the Americans decided the stuttering ophthalmologist wouldn’t play rough like his fighter pilot dad had. As Donald Trump would tweet: Sad! Sadder still is… Keep reading →

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An Anti-Daesh Strategy, One With A Chance Of Success

Posted by Daniel L. Davis on


The current U.S. strategy to destroy the Islamic State (Daesh) is ineffective and is unlikely to succeed. To be successful, the new strategy must be affordable, offer the legitimate hope for an acceptable outcome, and come to resolution within a reasonable timeframe. This new approach would be coordinated with regional allies and have three objectives: Contain… Keep reading →

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Putin Rebuilds Russia’s Military While US Strategy Is All Over Map

Posted by Doug Macgregor on


In his 1940 book, The New World Order, H.G. Wells wrote, “I think that in the decades before 1914 not only I but most of my generation – in the British Empire, America, France, and indeed throughout most of the civilized world – thought that war was dying out.” That assertion now seems naïve, even childish.… Keep reading →

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President Obama’s Historic Middle East Opportunity

Posted by Robbin Laird on


President Obama was recently depicted on the cover of The Economist as the new George W. Bush, forced to head back to Iraq. One can correctly argue that the President and his national security team have spent more time distancing themselves from Bush’s administration than looking hard into the future and shaping the strategic space within which… Keep reading →

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Arab Allies Take Lead In Syria Airstrikes; F-22s Fade From View

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON; The outlines of the campaign against ISIL are beginning to come into focus. The bombings and missile attacks against ISIL in Iraq are largely tactical, designed to provide the Iraqi military with some breathing room until they and the Kurdish peshmerga can mount effective counterattacks to drive ISIL out of their territory. But the bombings and missile strikes in… Keep reading →

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