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Andrew Bernard
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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.

Whack-A-Mole
Migrants, Blocked in Libya, Promptly Shift to Morocco

Migrant flows from Libya to Italy are down thanks to the Italian navy, but are offset by increases from Morocco to Spain.

Qatar Crisis
UAE Boycotts Western Banks With Qatari Ties

The UAE steps its embargo of Qatar up another notch by penalizing foreign banks with Qatari ties. It’s a bold move, but has the potential to backfire.

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