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16th October 2017 – Foreign Policy

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

Grant Rumley

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Removing Sanctions While Retaining Leverage in Sudan

Alex Entz

Removing Sanctions While Retaining Leverage in Sudan

Though President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran Deal largely dominated headlines last week, it was not the administration’s only major foreign policy action. Last Thursday, the Trump administration lifted sanctions on over 200 Sudanese entities, a decision based in part on the Sudanese government’s reported progress in fighting terrorism, promoting peace, and improving humanitarian access throughout the country. The U.S. also secured assurances that Sudan would not buy weapons from North Korea. more...

15th October 2017 – Interviewed by Tobin Harshaw - Bloomberg

Has Trump Fixed the ‘Worst Deal Ever’? Kinda, Sorta

Mark Dubowitz

Decertifying the Iran pact isn't the same thing as ripping it up. But Iran hawk Mark Dubowitz thinks it could be a start to a tougher agreement. more...

12th October 2017 – Interviewed by The Cipher Brief

Tens of Thousands of Syrian Rebels Poised to Regroup

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaeda’s role in the Syrian civil war drastically increased after the al Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) managed to take control of Syria’s northwestern Idlib province and position itself as the strongest rebel force battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. more...

11th October 2017 – USA Today

‘Decertify, pressure and fix’

Mark Dubowitz

‘Decertify, pressure and fix’

Decertifying the nuclear deal with Iran is the first step toward fixing its severe deficiencies that place Iran on a North Korean-style glide path to developing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. more...

11th October 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How to Defeat the Islamic Republic

Reuel Marc Gerecht

How to Defeat the Islamic Republic

Iran’s modern history is replete with examples of the citizenry seeking to reclaim power from despots. more...

11th October 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Worst Crisis in Decades for Turkey and U.S.

Merve Tahiroglu

The U.S. and Turkey suspended visa services for each other’s citizens this weekend. The crisis represents the most serious deterioration of bilateral ties in the last half-century – since the U.S. arms embargo against Turkey after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in the 1970s. more...

11th October 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Hezbollah Calls the Shots in Iran’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran, Amir Toumaj

Hezbollah Calls the Shots in Iran’s Syria Policy

President Donald Trump is reportedly about to extend a terrorism designation to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in its entirety. The IRGC is both the dominant force inside Iran and the instrument through which the Islamic Republic projects power abroad. Operating throughout the region, the IRGC is deeply entrenched in Lebanon; the domain of Hezbollah. more...

11th October 2017 – The Atlantic

Ending America’s Paralyzed Iran Policy

Jonathan Schanzer

Ending America’s Paralyzed Iran Policy

Decertifying the nuclear deal without walking away gives the Trump administration an opening to confront the Islamic Republic’s foreign meddling. more...

11th October 2017 – The Washington Times

We’ll always have Paris

Clifford D. May

We’ll always have Paris

Europeans seem to have an increasingly bizarre and perhaps self-destructive view of the world, and their place in it. more...