Andrew Bernard
Staff Writer
Beyond Killing ISIS
Israel Hits Syrian Chemical Weapons Plant

Israel’s strike on a chemical weapons and precision munitions plant makes clear that the threat from Syria is about a lot more than ISIS.

More Oil/More Problems
Kirkuk to Join Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Oil rich Kirkuk’s vote in the in the Kurdish independence referendum will annoy Baghdad, but might be a minor consolation to Turkey.

Iran and a Hard Place
Let’s Break a Deal

The Iranians are laying the groundwork for America’s diplomatic isolation if the President declares Iran non-compliant.

Downfall of the Caliphate
The Race for the Euphrates

Both the Syrian regime and the U.S.-backed Kurds are poised to capture ISIS’ last major strongholds—and its oil.

Parsing the President
The “New” Afghanistan Strategy

It’s a lot like the old Afghanistan strategy, but with Trumpian characteristics.

Poisoning the Well
Erdogan to German Turks: German Politicians Are The Enemy

Turkey’s President Erdogan has declared that all three of Germany’s largest parties are the enemies of Turks.

Stupid Myths
No Mr. President, We Should Not Execute Terrorists With Pigs Blood Bullets

President Trump made reference to a legend about General Pershing and pigs today. It’s untrue, and wouldn’t work. And he shouldn’t be tweeting it.

Israeli Red Lines
Israeli General: We Hit Hezbollah Nearly 100 Times

Israeli officials are increasingly making public their responsibility for airstrikes against Hezbollah in Syria.

Building Bridges
Muqtada al-Sadr Visits the UAE

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are trying to outmaneuver Iran politically, but helping to rebuild Iraq might be a path to real influence.

Nuclear Dilemmas
Iran’s Banks Face Trouble from Within and Without

Like it or not, the Iran nuclear deal weds us to trying to integrate the country into the the international financial system.

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Hugging the News Cycle
Setting Sun

President Trump now has the option to levy import tariffs on solar panels that caused “serious injury” to U.S. producers.

the new culture wars

The policy that set in motion a fierce culture war over young people, sex, and the meaning of consent is no more.

Rogue Nations

Trump’s simultaneous confrontation of Pyongyang and Tehran could have unintended consequences.

Pricing Carbon

Interest in cap and trade has waxed—not waned—after Trump’s decision to pull out of Paris.

Spanish Secession

The EU is walking a fine line as it uneasily backs Spain’s clampdown on Catalan separatists.

Examining the Energiewende

On the heels of news that Berlin will fall short of an emissions target, a new study says Germany will miss a renewable energy consumption goal.

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