In a move that has surprised US partners and allies, this week President Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops based in Syria, citing victory over ISIS. Jasmine Gani writes that while members of the Trump administration have, until now, offered reassurances that the US would remain in Syria, President Trump has been making comments to the contrary since […]
At the end of last week, the Trump administration launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian airbase, the first time the US has targeted the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Jasmine Gani writes that the strikes, in response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons, do not signal a new policy of regime change from Washington. That said, even […]
Obama’s inaction in Syria is nothing new – the US has been selective in its Middle Eastern interventions for a century.
The conflict in Syria is likely to be one of President Obama’s most important foreign policy legacies, with many already believing that his administration’s inaction (despite its statements of intended action) in that area was a major departure in US foreign policy towards the Middle East. Jasmine Gani writes that the early part of the twentieth century saw a […]
It remains to be seen if ISIS will provide Washington with an opportunity to recover its strategy and reputation over Syria.
One year ago, the Obama Administration came within a hair’s breadth of bombing the forces of Bashar al-Assad in Syria after evidence came to light that his forces had used chemical weapons against civilians. Now, the US, with the help of allies in the Gulf, is bombing ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. Jasmine Gani argues that US policy […]
This week, a throwaway remark from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, on placing Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, has become a real policy proposal led by Russia. Jasmine Gani writes that this ‘blunder’ made good is symbolic of the Obama administration’s lack of strategic direction on Syria. Only two weeks ago, Obama was pushing heavily for military […]