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Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Winning the humanitarian war in Yemen

While Saudi Arabia came into Yemen very sensitive of the regional Iranian challenge and Houthi threat, its war strategy and foreign policy lacks any awareness of the looming and ongoing environmental and humanitarian war that will affect the overall outcome of the peace in Yemen.

MENASource by Hadi Fathallah

Conflict Middle East

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Servant of the people or servant of the oligarchs?

The president’s response is appropriate in a country with an operating rule of law. But in Ukraine, with an unreformed judiciary, this is a complete cop out.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Financial Regulation Fiscal and Structural Reform

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Syria: Is anything salvageable?

For the past eight-plus years this writer has done his best to try to convince American officials that what happens in Syria does not stay in Syria; that Syria matters enough to the security of the United States and the safety of its citizens to merit a comprehensible objective and a consistent (if flexible) strategy. […]

SyriaSource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Trump vs Erdoğan: It’s hard to bluff when your cards are on the table

It is hard to take seriously threats by the US government to ruin the Turkish economy when Trump himself gave this green light in the first place. Under such circumstances, sanctions have almost no chance of succeeding in putting this genie back in the bottle.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Syria

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

The true costs of withdrawing forces from Syria

Getting the United States out of “endless wars” is an admirable goal. But military forces, trust among our partners, and standing firm in the face of adversaries play critical roles in reaching that goal. Getting those functions back in balance will be necessary in moving forward.

New Atlanticist by C. Anthony Pfaff

Conflict Syria

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

A final Brexit countdown?

There’s a Brexit countdown in progress, but whether it’s counted in hours in order to end at midnight on October 16 or in days to end at midnight on Halloween is anybody’s guess.

New Atlanticist by John M. Roberts

European Union United Kingdom

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

How can the United States pick up the pieces of its Syria policy?

Atlantic Council experts detail how Washington can manage the situation in Syria and prevent the US-Turkish relationship from spiraling out of control.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Syria

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Iranian women fans rejoice at stadium access

A combination of domestic and international pressure resulted in the decision by the Iranian government to finally allow women to attend soccer matches at Iranian stadiums.

IranSource by Tahereh Hadian-Jazy

Iran Middle East

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Seven takeaways from Zelenskyy’s marathon press conference (and one surprise) 

At the press conference, Zelenskyy said he was ready to “sit down and talk” with Kolomoisky.

UkraineAlert by Iryna Matviyishyn

Civil Society Conflict

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

US-China trade war reaches a pause, but still a long way to resolution

While the current trade war pause is good news for many concerned about a damaging escalation in tensions between two of the world’s most important economies, there remains a long road ahead before either Beijing or Washington is ready to fully commit to trade peace.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Trade