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The 2018 Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East

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This year’s Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East explored regional security issues from the perspectives of experts from Iran, Syria, and Russia.

Russia Elbowing the U.S. Out of the Afghan Political Process?

Public Domain: Chinook Helocopter in Eastern Afghanistan by Michael L. Casteel, US Army, February 2007 (DOD 070205-A-9307C-001)

The Kremlin’s strategy of engaging with moderate elements of the Taliban is a potential win for Russia and a loss for the United States.

Global Forecast (05-28-2018)

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Another attempt at Taliban talks in Afghanistan, Venezuela’s oil industry struggles to fulfil its contracts, and Turkey secures a YPG pullout from Manbij.

Call Them by Their Name—Fleeing Venezuelans are Refugees, not Migrants

VenezColomMarch, cc Flickr Policía Nacional de los colombianos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It’s time to invoke the Cartagena Declaration and provide Venezuelans stranded abroad with the legal protections and funding they need.

Global Forecast (05-07-2018)

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President Erdogan campaigns on Manbij and the Iran nuclear deal nears its deadline day.

Egypt’s Samir Al Ghatas on the Nature of Terrorism

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Is terrorism fueled by economic, social, religious, or psychological factors?

Grim Prospects for Turkey-Saudi Relations

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As is often the case in the Middle East, third-party bilateral relationships are driving Turkey and Saudi Arabia further apart.

Trump to Sink Further into the Syria Quagmire?

President Trump at 2017 CPAC, Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Weeks after reportedly telling his generals to draw up plans for a withdrawal from Syria, the US president finds himself being pulled back in.

Global Forecast (03-29-2018)

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Frantic US-China trade talks get underway, Turkey eyes Iraq’s Sinjar region, and Russian diplomats are expelled throughout the Western world.

Focus Shifts to Manbij as Turkey Moves into Afrin Unopposed

Kurdish YPG Fighter, cc Flickr Kurdishstruggle, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

An attack on Manbij would put President Erdogan in direct conflict with the US military and its Syrian allies.

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