Ilan Berman: Prague’s eastward turn

Ilan Berman: Prague’s eastward turn

By Ilan Berman Since its emergence from the wreckage of the Soviet Union more than a quarter-century ago, the Czech Republic has consistently ranked as a success story of post-totalitarian transition. Unlike that of many of its neighbors in Central and Eastern Europe, Prague’s path toward democracy has been more or less linear, cresting in […]

Ilan Berman: Why Trump will not allow the Iran deal to stand

Ilan Berman: Why Trump will not allow the Iran deal to stand

By Ilan Berman Those who support the Obama administration’s landmark nuclear deal with Iran are nervous, and for good reason. In his Sept. 19 address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump gave what was perhaps the clearest signal to date that he has no plans to recertify the agreement (formally known as the Joint […]

Ilan Berman: Making sense of Russian strategy in Syria

Ilan Berman: Making sense of Russian strategy in Syria

By Ilan Berman What shapes Russia’s calculus in the Syrian theater? Since its formal decision to intervene in the Syrian civil war in September 2015, the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin has become a guarantor of the stability of the Assad regime, as well as a key power broker in any conceivable solution to […]

Ilan Berman: Common cause against the Kurds

Ilan Berman: Common cause against the Kurds

By Ilan Berman An odd partnership is taking shape in the Middle East, where Iran and Turkey – two countries that have historically been strategic competitors – are suddenly making common cause. The development is as unusual as it is significant. As the scholar Daniel Pipes has noted, the relationship between Turkey and Iran might just […]

Ilan Berman: President Trump puts Pakistan on notice in Afghanistan speech

Ilan Berman: President Trump puts Pakistan on notice in Afghanistan speech

By Ilan Berman President Trump’s prime time address on Monday did more than simply chart a new course for America’s military engagement in Afghanistan. It also marked a fresh approach to one of the most intractable problems that has confronted the United States since the start of the “war on terror”: the duplicitous and dangerous role played […]

Ilan Berman: Beware Iran’s jihadi legion

Ilan Berman: Beware Iran’s jihadi legion

By Ilan Berman Today, the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group has become a top strategic priority of the United States and its allies in the region. In turn, the efforts of Washington and Middle Eastern partners have begun to pay real dividends, with recent months seeing a significant rollback the group’s self-declared “caliphate” […]

Ilan Berman: Central Asia’s encouraging development

Ilan Berman: Central Asia’s encouraging development

By Ilan Berman Something is stirring across the vast expanse encompassing the Caucasus and Central Asia, an area of nearly 1.6 million square miles and more than 86 million people. Throughout the region, political momentum is gathering for deeper cooperation, engagement, and coordination. This is a decidedly new development. A millennium ago, the broad area that is today known as Central […]

Ilan Berman: Still a bad deal

Ilan Berman: Still a bad deal

By Ilan Berman Last Friday marked the two-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement: the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, that agreement was intended as a solution to Iran’s persistent nuclear ambitions, and as a vehicle to reboot the Iranian regime’s relationship with […]

Ilan Berman: The Kremlin needs to address Russia’s demographic crisis

Ilan Berman: The Kremlin needs to address Russia’s demographic crisis

By Ilan Berman The latest numbers are in, and the forecast for Russia’s demographic health is bleak. According to official figures released by the country’s state statistics agency, Rosstat, in late May, Russia had 70,000 fewer births during the first four months of 2017 than it did a year earlier. These statistics run against the […]

Ilan Berman: Qatar was a double agent in war on terror

Ilan Berman: Qatar was a double agent in war on terror

By Ilan Berman Just weeks after the President Trump’s inaugural tour of the Middle East, which included significant pressure on the Arab Gulf states to build a regional security architecture to combat the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) and counterbalance Iran, the prospects for such a construct appear more distant than ever, at least at […]

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