Andrew Bernard
Staff Writer
Hired Guns
Mercenaries Are a Bad Idea for Afghanistan

The Trump administration appears to be taking proposals to privatize the war in Afghanistan very seriously. It’s a bad idea.

Kurdish Conundrum
Erdogan Hints at New Military Action in Syria

An attack on the Syrian Kurds might be a question of where, not if.

Quids and Quos
Tick-Tock for Netanyahu?

Israeli police have revealed for the first time that investigations into Netanyahu include bribery and fraud.

All Your Base
China Opens First Overseas Military Base

Down the road from the U.S. base at Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti, China’s first permanent overseas military base will secure their presence in Africa.

Qatar Crisis Calumnies
Of Course the UAE Wanted a Taliban Embassy

Leaked emails show that the UAE competed with Qatar to open the Taliban embassy. Of course they did. It’s what the Obama administration wanted.

Edging Out Iran
Saudi Arabia Welcomes Muqtada al-Sadr

Saudi Arabia is seeking rapprochement with Iraq, but is shaking hands with some ugly partners.

Intifada Averted
The Temple Mount Crisis and the Contours of Cold Peace

“Death to Israel” chants in Amman reveal how the Palestinians can still derail Israel’s regional diplomacy.

Temple Mount Crisis
A Metal Detector Intifada Avoided?

Israel removes metal detectors from the Temple Mount in an effort to de-escalate the crisis.

Netanyahu in Europe
Israeli Diplomacy Pays Off

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic agree that the EU should stand closer with Israel.

Conceding Syria
Trump Ends Support to Anti-Assad Rebels

There are good reasons to re-think U.S. commitments in Syria. But ending support to the rebels will pose real costs for no clear benefit.

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