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Kurdish Referendum : Thinking, Not Threats

Kurdish Referendum : Thinking, Not Threats

I was the head of the political office at the American Embassy in Baghdad in 2005 during the long, difficult negotiations between Iraqi political leaders about the new Iraqi constitution. The negotiations centered on issues like decentralization, accountability and...
Putin Depends on Analysis, Not Hope

Putin Depends on Analysis, Not Hope

The United States now aims to reduce Iranian influence in the Levant (Sham)- wrote former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford in an exclusive column to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. American media reports still say that Washington hopes Russia will compel Iran to evacuate its...
What Tillerson Didn’t Say Reminds Me of Obama

What Tillerson Didn’t Say Reminds Me of Obama

The July 5 statement from American Secretary of State Tillerson about Syria was the most detailed statement of the Trump administration’s goals in Syria. The Trump administration is often hard to understand, but this July 5 statement follows a cabinet-level meeting at...