Syrian Civil War

Backgrounder: Russian Sanctions

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The past, present, and future of US-EU sanctions and their impact on the Russian economy.

Turkey-Russia Relations: Close, but Not Too Close

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Ankara and Moscow have found a common cause in the Syrian civil war, but geopolitical disagreements in the South Caucuses and beyond will thwart too close of a détente.

Libyan Exports Rain on OPEC’s Parade

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New production from Libya is threatening OPEC attempts to support global oil prices.

Backgrounder: Qatar Crisis

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The Saudi and Egypt-led blockade of Qatar has been a long time coming.

Turkey Remade in President Erdogan’s Image

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President Erdogan’s long-sought constitutional changes have passed by the narrowest of margins. What comes next for Turkey?

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.

Chemical Attack a Game-Changer in Syrian Civil War

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An apparent chemical attack by the Assad government has thrown a wrench into President Trump’s plans to wind down the Syrian civil war.

Tillerson’s Visit Shows Rift in US-Turkey Relations

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The United States’ reluctant and largely invisible secretary of state made no apparent progress in his stop in Turkey.

Arab League Summit: King Abdullah’s Delicate Balancing Act

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King Abdullah’s position isn’t as secure as some Western leaders might assume.

Euphrates Shield Failing to Marginalize Syria’s Kurds

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An ambitious new force expansion and U.S. and Russian deployments in Kurdish-held territory all suggest that Turkey’s Euphrates Shield is not marginalizing the YPG.

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