Analysis & Commentary


6th April 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Trump is reportedly weighing military strikes on Syria — here are his options

Jonathan Schanzer

US President Donald Trump is reportedly considering military retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad after blaming him for a "heinous" chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including at least a dozen children.

6th April 2017 - Quoted by The Economist

America will find it hard to strike a deal to curb North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

It was with trademark braggadocio that Donald Trump told the Financial Times, just days before meeting his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that if China failed to “solve” the problem of North Korea’s nuclear programme, it was “totally” possible that America would do so alone.

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Bill Powell - Newsweek

North Korea and Kim Jong Will Dominate the Meeting Between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at Mar-a-lago

Anthony Ruggiero

The leaders of the two most powerful countries in the world are coming together on Thursday for the first time; one, President Xi Jinping of China, is experienced and increasingly comfortable in office, as he steadily consolidates his authority in Beijing.

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

‘Beyond a red line’: Syria attack tests Trump’s changing foreign-policy attitude

Jonathan Schanzer

Donald Trump's words seemed to be spiked with an implicit threat, one that would signal a sharp turnaround for a president keen to keep America out of messy world affairs.

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough -

Expert: Not Designating Iran’s IRGC for Terrorism ‘Would Hold American Policy Hostage’

Mark Dubowitz

Designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for terrorism would not violate the nuclear deal, and the U.S. should make clear that if the deal falls apart as a result, Iran will be to blame both for walking away and for sponsoring terror in the first place, U.S. lawmakers...

5th April 2017 - Quoted by The Straits Times

Trump’s options

Anthony Ruggiero

Can the North Korean issue be resolved by talking - possibly over a hamburger? That was what President Donald Trump suggested during his campaign.

5th April 2017 - Quoted by Jethro Mullen - CNN

How North Korea makes its money: Coal, forced labor and hacking

Anthony Ruggiero

But he'll need Beijing's help if he wants to choke off the streams of income that keep Kim Jong Un's regime afloat.

5th April 2017 - Quoted by Jenny Lee - Voice of America

Experts: Tillerson’s Remarks Further Muddy Trump’s North Korea Policy

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration has reportedly concluded its North Korea policy review, but there seems to be a great deal of uncertainty about how President Donald Trump will constrain the regime’s nuclear weapons development.

4th April 2017 - Quoted by Chang Jae-soon - Yonhap News Agency

Victor Cha: Trump should press China to sever financial links with N. Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

U.S. President Donald Trump should press China to sever financial links with North Korea when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping for their first summit talks later this week, a U.S. expert said Monday.

4th April 2017 - Quoted by Julian Robinson - Daily Mail

Kim Jong-un’s ‘hackers target banks in up to 18 countries for cash to spend on nuclear programme’

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korean cyber attackers have targeted banks in 18 countries with Pyongyang using the money to boost its terrifying nuclear programme, security experts have claimed.

4th April 2017 - Quoted by Jose Pagliery - CNN

North Korea-linked hackers are attacking banks worldwide

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea's hacking operations are growing and getting more bold -- and increasingly targeting financial institutions worldwide.

4th April 2017 - Quoted by Warren Cole Smith - Break Point

Personnel Is Policy, Trouble in Turkey, ISIS-led Genocide, and the Importance of Fathers

Aykan Erdemir

Every new president has close to 4000 people he must appoint to positions of leadership, and these 4000 people are essential to getting the president’s agenda implemented within the massive federal bureaucracy.

3rd April 2017 - Quoted by Katie Hunt, Brad Lendon - CNN

How could Trump go it alone on North Korea?

Anthony Ruggiero

US President Donald Trump says he stands ready to fix the nuclear threat posed by North Korea -- with or without China.

3rd April 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Approves Massive Raise for Islamic Revolutionary Guards

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s parliament voted for a massive increase in funding for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the nation’s missile development program, Saeed Ghasseminejad, an associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), wrote in a policy brief Monday.

3rd April 2017 - Quoted by Josh Lederman - Associated Press

Messy web of ties, some to Trump, in Turkish mogul’s case

Aykan Erdemir

A high-flying Turkish-Iranian businessman is busted in Miami, accused of laundering money for Iran. Turkey accuses the prominent American prosecutor of ties to a shadowy group it blames for a failed coup attempt. President Donald Trump fires the prosecutor. Then the businessman hires a...

3rd April 2017 - Quoted by The Telegraph - Harriet Alexander

Theresa May warns Donald Trump against unilateral action on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

Theresa May has warned Donald Trump against taking unilateral action against North Korea, arguing that the US president should instead try to work with international organisations and partners.

3rd April 2017 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette, Kevin Liptak, Allie Malloy - CNN

Trump, Egypt’s leader bond over terror fight

President Donald Trump warmly welcomed his Egyptian counterpart to the White House on Monday in a visit that's meant to signal a shift in the US approach to Egypt, but could leave both Trump and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi disappointed.

2nd April 2017 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

With ISIS in crosshairs, al Qaeda makes comeback

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda is making a comeback in the Middle East and North Africa by expanding its armies and infiltrating new territories, complicating President Trump’s priority of destroying the world’s other major Salafist Sunni group, the Islamic State.

1st April 2017 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter, Ed Stafford - The Hill

The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump

Tzvi Kahn

The way forward for the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump is to tighten enforcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, aka, the nuclear deal) and impose sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program rather than dismantle the JCPOA.

31st March 2017 - Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

The Islamic State’s territory is shrinking, taking a major bite out of its financing

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

The Islamic State has lost nearly two-thirds of the land it once controlled, leveling a major blow to several critical funding streams including oil and gas revenue, taxation and extortion.


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