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Taliban Peace Talks: the 'Breakthrough' and the Risk

“It’s remarkable. We shouldn’t mistake a mere framework or roadmap for an actual deal, but let’s face it: until relatively recently, no one really thought that we would be in a position where we could say that we had a blueprint for some type of peace deal,” Michael Kugelman tells France 24. 
 
Still, he says, the future is riddled with risks, both short-term and long.

As U.S.-Saudi Relationship Sours, a New Suitor Has Come Calling

In withdrawing American troops from Syria, President Trump has served notice that he is ready to abandon U.S. partners in the Middle East on a tweet's notice.

This doubtlessly sent shivers down the spine of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), who has bet on Trump’s rhetorical fulminations against Iran to assume strong American backing for his confrontation with Iran for primacy in the Arab world.

Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea and Iran: From Transformational to Transactional

The Trump administration’s strategy toward North Korea and Iran — countries the administration has designated as “rogue” states — is at an impasse.

The U.S. in Syria: Is Staying or Leaving the Greater Risk?

On December 19, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria.  In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we discuss the implications for the United States, its allies, and its enemies in the region with Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Middle East Program Director.

 

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Countdown to Second U.S.-North Korea Summit

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we discuss the upcoming second U.S.-North Korea summit and the latest in ongoing denuclearization negotiations between the Trump administration and North Korea. Jean H.

We Need a Roadmap: Second Trump-Kim Summit Needs to Be More Than Just Another Photo Op

We have a timeframe: late February. We have rumors of a location: Vietnam. What we don’t have yet, as the countdown to President Donald Trump’s second date with Kim Jong Un begins, is a roadmap promising that their next summit will be more than just a photo op.

Where Do We Go from Here? Merida 2.0 and the Future of Mexico-United States Security Cooperation

The inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador on December 1, 2018 as President of Mexico opens a new era in Mexico’s security relationship with the United States. For the past 11 years, the United States and Mexico have anchored that relationship in a policy of shared responsibility where increased collaboration to address common security challenges has been the hallmark.

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