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Obama and Putin at Odds Over Syria

Sep 30, 2015
To no one’s surprise, the recent meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin ended with them at odds over Syria and other issues. Will Pomeranz provides analysis.

Iran’s Nuclear Chess Continued: Reviewing The Deal

Sep 29, 2015
Robert Litwak, an internationally recognized expert on nonproliferation, has been following the saga of Iran’s nuclear program since the beginning. His insightful book, “Iran’s Nuclear Chess,” has been updated now that a deal has been struck. In this interview, he spoke about the latest developments, and in reviewing the deal, he covers fears and hopes on both sides of the equation.

Engaging Iran and Russia on Syria, the U.S. Has a Weak Hand

Sep 28, 2015
"But if we engage Mr. Assad’s two allies over his fate, we should be under no illusion on what the outcome is likely to be: a never-ending transition that keeps him in power (for a good while) and Russia and Iran as the key eternal actors in the Syrian drama," writes Aaron David Miller.

Why Putin’s Move into Syria May Be One Step Too Far

Sep 28, 2015
"Imperial overstretch serves as a recurring theme throughout Russian history. Putin’s grand U.N. pronouncements should not obscure the fact that he brings few deliverables — and multiple vulnerabilities — to the table," writes Will Pomeranz.

How Washington Can Manage Sustainable Strategic Competition With China

Sep 22, 2015
"When U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Washington next week, the dynamics of the bilateral relationship will be more perilous than at any summit in the past thirty-six years," writes Robert Daly.

Are the U.S. and Russia Now on the Same Page About Syria?

Sep 18, 2015
"The issue with engaging Mr. Putin on Syria is not that the U.S. looks weak-–of course it does-–because Moscow has acted and Washington has not reacted. Far more concerning is that Mr. Putin appears to know what he wants: to prop up Mr. Assad, oppose the U.S., and pick up propaganda points abroad," writes Aaron David Miller.

Pakistani Taliban: Down But Not Out

Sep 18, 2015
"In short, the Pakistani Taliban is down but not out. It enjoys close ties to powerful al Qaeda-linked militant groups in the region, and it retains the ability to recruit fighters to join those based in the Pakistani tribal belt, elsewhere in Pakistan, and in Afghanistan," writes Michael Kugelman.

How Putin's Boldness on Syria Trumps U.S.

Sep 15, 2015
"The Syrian regime is weakening and isn’t much as an ally. But when it comes to Syria, Mr. Putin has got Iran in his corner, too. That’s more than Washington can say," writes Aaron David Miller.

An Afghan Prison Break That Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

Sep 14, 2015
"Ghazni represents something close to a worst-case scenario for Kabul and its allies in Washington: a province where state authority and control are collapsing in the face of relentless Taliban assaults." said Michael Kugelman