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For essential context of today’s announcement of USG funding for #Lebanese Armed Forces, this is a must-read essay by my ⁦@WashInstitute⁩ colleagues ⁦@davidschenker1⁩ and ⁦@RumleyGMwashingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
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The jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has expanded its tribal outreach in #Syria. @azelin explains why such outreach is an example of the group’s efforts to solidify control over #Idlib province. washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
“Although U.S. involvement in Iraq has fallen dramatically since the 2003 U.S. invasion, the country remains central to the Biden administration’s approach to the Middle East,” writes @BilalWahab. washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
Last month, #Iran’s Guardian Council disqualified several prominent candidates from running in the presidential election. As a result, Ebrahim Raisi is running virtually uncontested. @CarmiOmer answers the most pressing questions about tomorrow's vote. washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
.@NeriZilber appeared on @NPR's Here & Now to discuss #Israel's new coalition government. wbur.org/hereandnow/202…
With looming elections in Iran, time to re-up this look at Iranian Terrorism Under 'Moderate' Presidents @WashInstitute bit.ly/3o7TAPb
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#Iran’s judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi is the front-runner in the country’s presidential election. On the eve of the election, @CarmiOmer asks the pressing questions that could shape the regime’s legitimacy at home and its policies abroad. washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
Read my latest @WashInstitute: 5 Pressing Questions on the Eve of Iran’s Elections With Raisi’s road to the presidency seemingly paved, the regime has been working to prevent low voter turnout and give him a vote of confidence through a landslide win washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi… 1/9
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#Turkey’s ties with most #EU countries and the U.S. have weakened. In #SultaininAutumn, @SonerCagaptay explains how Erdogan has reshaped #Ankara’s foreign policy. Download a free copy of the book: washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
🎧 In this episode of Decision Points,@DavidMakovskyy is joined by three guests who have deep expertise on#Irann, its nuclear program, and Israel’s approach to deterring it. Listen:shows.acast.com/decision-point…a
This week, @SonerCagaptay was quoted in a @nytimes article on President Erdogan softening his stance amid this week's #NATO summit and the Biden-Putin meeting. nytimes.com/2021/06/13/wor…
Why is Erdogan losing support among younger voters? Read my new book, #SultaninAutumn, to find out. Available for free here: washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi… @ibtauris @WashInstitute
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Join us a for a webcast on June 22 at 12PM EDT as experts discuss the perils of #Lebanon's "anti normalization" laws. #TWIPolicyForum. Watch: washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
UNSC Resolution 2533 expires next month. On June 15, experts discussed the prospects of renewal of the UN resolution on cross-border aid to #Syria and the future of humanitarian assistance in the country. Read a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks. washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
.@AmbDennisRoss was quoted in a @ForeignPolicy article about the latest #Gaza conflict and the importance of a “reconstruction for no rearmament” policy to prevent Hamas’ rearmament efforts. foreignpolicy.com/2021/06/15/isr…
#Iran’s deployment of two naval vessels has worried #Washington as the ships are likely bound for either #Venezuela or #Syria. What happens next? @FarzinNadimi analyzes potential implications and explains why the U.S. should keep a close eye on this. washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
How did Erdogan’s political career start? Will he continue to rule #Turkey? In his new book, #SultaninAutum, @SonerCagaptay explores why Erdogan’s grip on power could be loosening. Download a copy of the book: washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
🎧 In this episode of Decision Points, host@DavidMakovskyy discusses#Irann’s nuclear program and#Israell’s view of it with@AmbDennisRosss Ray Takeyh, and Ariel Levite.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…E
If you missed our webinar yesterday on humanitarian assistance to #Syria, @CalvinWilder wrote a summary for you. 👇👇washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…KHr
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"From a long-term perspective, the latest conflict was just another link in a chain of confrontations between Israel and Iranian terrorist proxies, from the 2006 Lebanon war to the 2008, 2012, and 2014 Gaza conflicts," writes Assaf Orion. washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
ICYMI: James Jeffrey, @samboosa_a, and @carstenwieland discuss the future of cross border aid in #Syria. washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
The Washington Institute is seeking a paid intern for the Fall semester with the ability to read in Russian. Your research will focus on #Russia and the #MiddleEast. Apply here: washingtoninstitute.org/about/employme…
The switch to a presidential system in Turkey in 2018 has hyper centralized and uber personalized decision making in Ankara to Erdogan’s palace. This has not been so good for Erdogan. Find out why in my book #SultaninAutumn: washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi… @ibtauris @WashInstitute
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Despite “sharing” Syria one cannot expect the current Turkish-Russian alliance to evolve into a shared strategic partnership. After all, tsars and sultans cannot really be allies. Learn more in my new book #SultaninAutumn washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi… @ibtauris @WashInstitute
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I am excited to announce the launch of the first episode of the third season of Decision Points, focusing on Israel’s toughest policy dilemmas. The 1st episode is on the Iranian nuclear program, feat. @AmbDennisRoss, Eli Levite, and Ray Takeyh. Listen now! shows.acast.com/decision-point…
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"Now that Iranian vessels have actually entered the Atlantic, Washington views the deployment with increasing concern," writes @FarzinNadimi. washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
In my latest Policy Watch I looked at implications of Iran's Atlantic adventure, whether the destination is Venezuela or Syria, for US policy: potential proliferation of ballistic & cruise missiles & naval guerrilla weapons & tactics. - @WashInstitute bit.ly/2TykeX4
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🎧 Season 3 of@DavidMakovskyy’s Decision Points podcast is out! The first episode discusses the#Iraniann nuclear program and#Israell’s view of the 2015 Iran deal. Listen:shows.acast.com/decision-point…a
Webcast w/ James Jeffrey, @samboosa_a, and @carstenwieland concludes. Thanks to all who watched, participated & tweeted. #TWIPolicyForum Video available at: washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
.@carstenwieland: Presence of UN on ground in #Syria is valuable resource for Assad. Regime wanted UN on the ground as it took care of tasks that are typically the responsibility of the government. #TWIPolicyForum
.@samboosa_a: Before 2014, NGOs were accessing #Syrians through crossing points but there wasn’t coordinating structure. This led to gaps and all needs were not met. Overall, it resulted in a less effective response. #TWIPolicyForum
.@carstenwieland: UNSC Resolution 2533 is critical for humanitarian assistance for #Syrians but less important to unlock the political process. #TWIPolicyForum
.@samboosa_a: Syrian NGOs would suffer more if UN cross-border mechanism is not renewed. #TWIPolicyForum
.@samboosa_a: If UN cross-border mechanism doesn’t renew, international organizations would be able to maintain operations in short term, but impact will be seen in long-term with scaled down operations and inability to reach #Syrians in need.
James Jeffrey: There should be no concessions to ensure UN cross-border crossings are open. #TWIPolicyForum
Live tweets of webcast w/ James Jeffrey, @samboosa_a, and @carstenwieland paraphrased, not direct quotes. Watch their conversation live. #TWIPolicyForum washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
.@samboosa_a: In #Syria: Important to stop politicizing humanitarian assistance for non-humanitarian achievements. #TWIPolicyForum
James Jeffrey: Tomorrow, during Biden's meeting with Putin, Biden should say that the Bab al-Hawa border-crossing needs to be open for another 12 months. #Russia needs to stop threatening to close it. #TWIPolicyForum
James Jeffrey: Tomorrow, Biden should tell Putin that U.S. and allies will not tolerate Assad's approach in dealing with unrest in the country—ethnic cleansing, creating terrorist movements, etc. #TWIPolicyForum
Note: Live tweets of webcast w/ James Jeffrey, @samboosa_a, and @carstenwieland paraphrased, not direct quotes. Watch their conversation live. #TWIPolicyForum washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
.@carstenwieland: Humanitarian aid is mostly channeled through governments. In the case of #Syria, the government has been responsible for many #Syrians deaths. #TWIPolicyForum
James Jeffrey: Biden administration has not spoken much about its #Syria policy. #TWIPolicyForum
.@samboosa_a: Over 13 million #Syrians across country are in need of humanitarian assistance. #TWIPolicyForum
.@samboosa_a: If UN cross-border mechanism is not extended – NGO’s could distribute food supply to #Syrian population but it won't be enough for all Syrians that need it. #TWIPolicyForum
.@samboosa_a: UN cross-border mechanism has allowed humanitarian aid to reach people in #Syria despite war. Removal of crossings has resulted in less effective response. Full shutdown of cross-border mechanism could result in many deaths. #TWIPolicyForum
Reminder: Live tweets of webcast w/ James Jeffrey, @samboosa_a, and @carstenwieland paraphrased, not direct quotes. Watch their conversation live. #TWIPolicyForum washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
Carsten Wieland @carstenwieland is the senior Middle East advisor for Germany’s Green Party Parliamentary Group and an associate fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. #TWIPolicyForum
Basma Alloush @samboosa_a is the policy and advocacy advisor at the U.S. office of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC USA), where her responsibilities include engaging with government agencies to alleviate the impact of conflict on vulnerable populations. #TWIPolicyForum
Ambassador James Jeffrey is a former U.S. special representative for Syria engagement and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Iraq; from 2013-2018 he was the Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at @WashInstitute. He currently chairs the @WilsonCenterMEP. #TWIPolicyForum
Webcast starting: James Jeffrey, @samboosa_a, and @carstenwieland discuss UNSC Resolution 2533 and the current dynamics on renewal talks. @diplocharlie moderates the conversation. #TWIPolicyForum. Watch: washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
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