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 […]

Ilan Berman: The danger of Qatar’s duality

Ilan Berman: The danger of Qatar’s duality

By Ilan Berman Can Qatar truly be considered an ally in the “war on terror”? Over the past decade and a half, the oil-rich Gulf emirate has emerged as a key player in U.S. counterterrorism efforts – and a major part of America’s military posture in the Middle East. Washington’s military partnership with Doha dates […]

Ilan Berman: How Qatar helped Hamas get its groove back

Ilan Berman: How Qatar helped Hamas get its groove back

By Ilan Berman On Monday last, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot that rules the Gaza Strip, thrust itself back into the international spotlight when it formally unveiled a new organizational charter. The long-discussed and much-debated document – launched with great fanfare by Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal at the upscale Sheraton Hotel in the Qatari capital of […]

Ilan Berman: Terrorism In Russia

Ilan Berman: Terrorism In Russia

By Ilan Berman Last Monday, the subway system of St. Petersburg, Russia’s second city, was the site of a massive bomb blast that killed 14 commuters and wounded more than 50 others. (A second, unexploded device was subsequently found and defused by authorities.) The attack marked the most significant terrorist incident to hit the Russian Federation […]

Ilan Berman: The JCPOA helps Iran’s elites and hurts Rouhani

Ilan Berman: The JCPOA helps Iran’s elites and hurts Rouhani

By Ilan Berman These are hard times for Hassan Rouhani. With fewer than two months to go until Iran’s next national election, currently scheduled to take place on May 19, the long knives are out for the soft-spoken cleric who serves as the country’s president. Recent weeks have seen mounting criticism of Rouhani’s stewardship of […]

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