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The “Grand Game” in Syria: How Assad and ISIL are Used

The “Grand Game” in Syria: How Assad and ISIL are Used

The record of President Obama’s “legacy” will be clear of involving the US in a major war in the Middle East. But this should not be a reason for self-contentment among his aids. Everyone understands that the President’s refusal to ...

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US-Turkey-Russia-Iran and the Arabs: New Dimensions to Iraq-Syria Proxy Wars

US-Turkey-Russia-Iran and the Arabs: New Dimensions to Iraq-Syria Proxy Wars

Turkish troops surprised all and entered Iraq December 4 allegedly to protect Camp Zalkan in the Mosul province, where members of the ethnically diverse Nineveh Hashd are training. The Nineveh Hashd (or the National Mobilization) is a popular diverse militia ...

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Will Abadi Allow US Special Forces to Operate on their Own?

Will Abadi Allow US Special Forces to Operate on their Own?

Under the latest “adjustment” in US military operations in Iraq and Syria, President Obama has approved the deployment of a larger contingent of US Special Forces into Iraq.  Unlike previous “train, equip and advise” deployments, the new Special Forces teams ...

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A Chinese Marshall Plan for the Muslim World?

A Chinese Marshall Plan for the Muslim World?

Chinese and American officials are engaged in quiet, but intense behind the scenes discussions about a greater role for China in bringing stability to the Muslim world, through targeted investments in job-creating infrastructure projects in war-torn regions of Central Asia, ...

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