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Why the Idea of a No-Fly Zone in Syria Will Not Fly

Why the Idea of a No-Fly Zone in Syria Will Not Fly

The collapse of the Kerry-Lavrov project in Syria and the horrifying massacre in Aleppo has led to the revival of the idea of a no-fly zone, or other variations of it, to shelter Syrian civilians fleeing from the Putin-Assad-Iran death ...

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From Mideast to North & Central Europe to East Asia: Consequences of US-Russia Global Escalation

From Mideast to North & Central Europe to East Asia: Consequences of US-Russia Global Escalation

On Oct. 3, State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau announced that the Obama Administration was suspending the US-Russian negotiations on a Syrian peace deal. Not coincidentally, the same day, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to the Duma withdrawing from ...

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Russia and the Two Opposed Forces that Shape Turkish-Iranian Relations

Russia and the Two Opposed Forces that Shape Turkish-Iranian Relations

The assumption that relations between Turkey and Iran are warming is based on misinformation and superficial analysis. The relationship is currently subject to two forces, each pulling in the opposite direction. The first is related to differing regional strategies in ...

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The Last Day of the Battle of Mosul will be the First Day of the Battle for Central Iraq

The Last Day of the Battle of Mosul will be the First Day of the Battle for Central Iraq

On October 5, Human Rights Watch sent a strongly-worded letter to Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi urging him not to allow Iraq’s Shia Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) to participate in the nearing battle of Mosul against ISIL. The group ...

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