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20th April 2017 – New York Post

Time for the US to stop Qatar’s support for terror

Jonathan Schanzer

Time for the US to stop Qatar’s support for terror

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is on a Mideast tour to “continue efforts to strengthen regional security architectures.” While his meetings in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel are likely to attract most of the press coverage, his discussions in Qatar Saturday could be the most consequential. more...

19th April 2017 – The Washington Times

The end of Turkey’s democratic experiment

Clifford D. May

The end of Turkey’s democratic experiment

On the grounds of the Turkish Embassy facing Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, D.C. is a statue of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, father of the Republic of Turkey, the nation-state he built from the rubble of the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate. more...

18th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Sanctions Brother of Qassem Soleimani

Tzvi Kahn

U.S. Sanctions Brother of Qassem Soleimani

The Treasury Department on Thursday added two Iranian human rights abusers to its sanctions list, marking the first new human rights-related designations since 2014. The move reflects a renewed U.S. effort to target key drivers of Tehran’s domestic repression, which the Obama administration largely abandoned after nuclear negotiations began. more...

14th April 2017 – The Cipher Brief

AQIS Fits Into al Qaeda’s Global Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

AQIS Fits Into al Qaeda’s Global Strategy

In the region, AQIS is a highly significant group. This is an assessment that’s shared by top officials within the U.S., such as General John Nicholson, Commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, who talked about this recently in an interview with CTC Sentinel. more...

17th April 2017 – The Hill

Trump’s Syria strategy must target Assad’s chief protector: Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Trump’s Syria strategy must target Assad’s chief protector: Iran

The strikes ordered on April 6 by President Trump to respond to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack helped restore America’s credibility in the region after years of retreat. more...

17th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Inconclusive Referendum

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s Inconclusive Referendum

Turkey held a historic referendum on Sunday to decide whether to grant the country’s authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan his long-standing desire to transform the government from a parliamentary system to one heavily centralized around his own presidency. more...

7th April 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Erdogan’s Referendum Ploy

Aykan Erdemir

Erdogan’s Referendum Ploy

Turkey is heading toward a critical referendum on April 16 to decide whether to transform the country’s parliamentary system into a centralized presidential one. Since his election in August 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in defiance of the constitution, has refused to be a non-partisan figurehead president. more...

12th April 2017 – The Washington Times

The (limited) mission accomplished in Syria

Clifford D. May

The (limited) mission accomplished in Syria

If you’re still unsure about whether President Trump did the right thing when he launched 59 cruise missiles at Syria’s Shayrat air base last week, consider the alternative. more...

11th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Boeing announced last week it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines – a government-owned carrier that is Iran’s third-largest – in a deal valued at around $3 billion. The deal appears to be permitted under the 2015 nuclear agreement, which lifted U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s aviation sector. There is, however, a problem: Aseman’s CEO, Hossein Alaei, is a decades-long senior member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which remains under U.S. sanctions. more...

7th April 2017 – The Washington Post

How Trump can help cripple the Iranian regime

Reuel Marc Gerecht

How Trump can help cripple the Iranian regime

A consensus has developed in Washington for some “push back” against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Democrats and Republicans would be well-advised to learn from the Cold War: Don’t compromise the battle on the ground for fear of compromising arms control. We should contain and roll back Iran and its growing army of proxy militias. We should target the clerical regime’s Achilles’ heel — popular disgust with theocracy. Human rights ought to be a priority for American Iran policy. more...