Center for Strategic Communication

Russia and Syria: What pull-out?

By Patricia H Kushlis I know it may be hard to believe after reading multiple media reports about Putin’s latest “surprise pull out from Syria” but the Kremlin did not, repeat, not, really pull its military out of Syria last week. The Russian Air Force is still...

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...

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...

What We Are Reading

Key Reads   Saddam’s Former Army is Secret of Baghdadi’s Success Samia Nakhoul / Reuters A year after declaring his caliphate, it is clear that the secret of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s success is the army and state he has built from the remnants of Saddam Hussein’s...

Victory for Putin, or Skewed Reporting?

By Patricia H Kushlis Even during the darkest days of the Cold War, leaders of the US and the Soviet Union met to discuss areas of agreement and disagreement to keep international conflicts from escalating out of control.  Such was Secretary John Kerry’s recent...