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Contributor PerspectivesNov 13, 2019 | 16:40 GMT
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Lessons From the Past for Trump's Transactional Foreign Policy
One of the Trump administration's hallmarks has been its transactional approach to foreign policy. Writing in Foreign Policy magazine shortly before the 2016 presidential election, the strategist Rosa Brooks suggested that "To Trump, U.S. alliances, like potential business partners in a real-estate transaction, should always be asked: 'What have you
SnapshotsOct 18, 2019 | 15:41 GMT
In Syria, Turkey and the U.S. Reach a Fragile Cease-Fire
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence emerged Oct. 17 from a marathon meeting in Ankara with an agreement to ostensibly end the bloodletting in northeastern Syria. But while the deal provides a potential foundation for the stabilization of the rocky relationship between the two NATO member states, the agreement is extremely fragile
AssessmentsOct 7, 2019 | 18:33 GMT
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Syria: The U.S. Will Step Aside for Turkey's Push Against the SDF
The withdrawal of U.S. troops in the face of an impending incursion by Turkish forces into northeastern Syria will significantly decrease the risk of a clash between them. Turkey appears determined to take action against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S. ally dominated by Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG),
SITUATION REPORTOct 4, 2019 | 13:52 GMT
Syria: U.S. Officials Increasingly Worried About Turkish Incursion Into Syria, Report Says
U.S. government officials are increasingly worried about a looming Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria, according to an Oct. 3 report by The Wall Street Journal. The officials also said that an attack could prompt Washington to withdraw its forces from the country.
SITUATION REPORTFeb 8, 2019 | 16:30 GMT
U.S.: Washington Plans Complete Withdrawal From Syria by End of April
The United States will pull all remaining U.S. troops out of Syria by the end of April, The Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 7. According to one U.S. official, Washington will withdraw its troops with or without a deal to protect the Kurdish-aligned People's Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
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