May 9, 2018
| Anthony H. CordesmanNone of the eight goals seem likely to be negotiable with the Iranian government. Moreover, many may not win meaningful support from European allies. As a result, they effectively give the United States and its allies a "mission impossible."
May 1, 2018
| Anthony H. CordesmanAt some point this year the President will almost have to either restore sanctions and end U.S. participation in the agreement or succeed in forging some kind of acceptable compromise that will place additional limits on Iran.
April 23, 2018
| Anthony H. CordesmanThe meeting between President Trump and President Macron can all too easily slip into one that either dodges the key issues that both countries need to address in dealing with Syria and Iran, or help cement the differences between the U.S. and European positions.
April 10, 2018
| Anthony H. CordesmanThe purpose of war is to shape a peace that serves the lasting strategic objectives of the nation that fights it. We have not been able to focus on this goal in any of our “wars.”
April 4, 2018
| Anthony H. CordesmanA withdrawal deprives the U.S. of diplomatic leverage, abandons the last vestiges of moderate Arab forces in Syria, and exposes the Kurdish forces that did much to defeat ISIS to defeat by Assad and Turkey.
The wars that the U.S. is fighting in the Middle East and South Asia will not end until the U.S. implements tactical solutions that address civil and political instability and look beyond the fight against ISIS and the Taliban.