Turkey Takes Aim

Since the deadly terrorist attacks that killed 30 in Suruc two weeks ago, President Recep Erdogan has initiated an air campaign on the Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic). Yet, the Turkish government’s efforts have been aimed largely at Kurdish positions in northern Iraq more than Daesh positions in Syria. While initial airstrikes were on Daesh […]

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  Key Reads   American Security Project Launches Business Council for American Security Maggie Feldman-Piltch / American Security Project American Security Project announces the launch of The Business Council for American Security (BCAS). The Council will be a permanent membership group supporting ASP.   Afghan Taliban Confirm Death of Mullah Omar, Say Group Has New Leader Al […]

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The Iran Nuclear Deal and the Middle East

After the signing of the historic nuclear deal between the P5+1 nations and Iran, regional actors denounced the deal for fear it spelled a new regional balance of power, and added to the Islamic Republic’s regional influence. The U.S.’s largest allies in the Middle East were quick to shun the deal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

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Key Reads U.S., Cuba Quietly Open Historic New Chapter in Post-Cold War Ties Matt Spetalnick / Reuters The United States and Cuba quietly ushered in a new era of post-Cold War relations on Monday, formally restoring diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago and re-establishing embassies in each other’s capitals. Banks in Greece Reopen, and Sales […]

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Key Reads From ISIS TO Climate Change, the Iran Deal is Good for American Interests Jim Krane / Forbes The fact is, America and Iran share common interests that have long been thwarted by the lack of ties. If the agreement plays out as its signatories hope – and that remains a big “if” –rapprochement […]

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The Social Media War on ISIS

Last Monday marked a year since the declaration of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria by the extremist group Daesh (Islamic State, ISIL, ISIS). Despite maintaining and even expanding their territorial claims over the past year, some argue that their greatest accomplishment is their social media campaign. Assisting in attracting fighters and spreading their extremist […]

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Key Reads   Greeks Reject Bailout Terms in Rebuff to European Leaders Suzanne Daley / New York Times Greeks delivered a shocking rebuff to Europe’s leaders on Sunday, decisively rejecting a deal offered by the country’s creditors in a historic vote that could redefine Greece’s place in Europe and shake the Continent’s financial stability. Islamic […]

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Key Reads   Greece’s Debt Crisis Sends Stocks Falling around Globe David Jolly, Keith Bradsher / New York Times Global markets shuddered on Monday after Greece closed its banks amid fears that the country was headed toward default. Stocks slumped modestly at the opening on Wall Street, after markets in Europe were buffeted by worries […]

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Key Reads Euro Zone Welcomes New Greek Debt Proposals, More Work to Do Renee Maltezou, Jan Strupczewski / Reuters Euro zone finance ministers welcomed new Greek proposals for a cash-for-reform deal on Monday but said they required detailed study and it would take several days to determine whether they can lead to an agreement to […]

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Syria’s Future Crisis: A Lost Generation

This past weekend, intense fighting between Daesh and Syrian-Kurds in areas of Northern Syria forced more than 23,000 Syrians to cross into Turkey, adding to the 1.7 million registered Syrian refugees already living in the country. Since the onset of the Syrian Civil War in March 2011, nearly 4 million Syrians have fled the country […]

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