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 […]

Victor Davis Hanson: North Korean nuclear weapons closer to reality

Victor Davis Hanson: North Korean nuclear weapons closer to reality

North Korea recently test-launched a long-range missile capable of reaching Alaska. When North Korea eventually builds a missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, it will double down on its well-known shakedown of feigning indifference to American deterrence while promising to take out Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle unless massive aid is delivered to […]

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: 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: Egypt’s economy is in big trouble

Ilan Berman: Egypt’s economy is in big trouble

By Ilan Berman Three years ago this summer, Egyptians took to the streets en masse to vent their frustration at the government of then president Mohamed Morsi. The source of their discontent was the widespread economic stagnation and ideologically driven policies that came to punctuate Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government. The result was nothing short of […]