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Alessandro Bruno

NYC Attack Evokes Forgotten ‘Islamic State’ of Central Asia

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The possibility that Sayfullo Saipov was radicalized in Uzbekistan should surprise no one.

Hariri & the Saudi Purge: The Latest from the Middle East

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Quick takes on some of the latest geopolitical developments in the Middle East.

How Much Credit Does President Trump Deserve for the Fall of Raqqa?

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The short answer: not much.

Moscow Steps In to Fill the Vacuum in Libya

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Two early takeaways from the recent Rome summit between Libya’s rival leaders: a unity government is possible, and Russia might just have a role in making it happen.

Going Mainstream: Trump’s Reckless Reversal on Syria

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Trump’s attack on Syria sets the United States on a dangerous course while raising questions about who’s really in charge in Washington.

Libya: The Next Piece in Russia’s Geopolitical Chess Match

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Whether reports of Russian troop deployments along the Libya-Egypt border are true or not, it’s clear that Moscow is seeking to reestablish its historical ties with Libya.

Trump’s Iran Policy: A Lonely Pursuit

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It won’t be easy for the Trump administration to reassemble the kind of international consensus that drove Iran to the negotiating table back in 2013.

What Military Options Are on the Table If Trump Scraps the Iran Nuclear Deal?

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A return to outright antagonism in US-Iran relations brings inevitable speculation about the military option. But the tactical hurdles faced by the US/Israeli air forces have only gotten worse over the past few years.

Backgrounder: Iran

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A brief history of Iran, a country that the Trump administration seems to have singled out as America’s primary geopolitical foe in the Middle East.

Trump’s Immigration Ban a Siren Call for Islamic State

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President Trump’s travel ban is a propaganda windfall for Islamic State and other jihadist groups.

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