J. Dana Stuster

J. Dana Stuster is the deputy foreign policy editor for Lawfare and a PhD student at Yale University. He worked previously as a policy analyst at the National Security Network and an assistant editor at Foreign Policy magazine.

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Backlash to Kurdish Independence Referendum Begins, Trump Has Made Decision on Iran Deal, Russian and U.S.-backed Forces Converge in Syria

Iraq and its neighbors mobilize against Kurdish referendum, Trump won’t tell his allies his plans for the JCPOA, and Russia bombs Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir El-Zour.

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Kurdish Independence Referendum Draws Criticism and Threats, Saudi Arabia’s “Authoritarian Upgrading” Strategy, and the Gulf’s New Outreach to Israel

Iraq braces for the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum, Saudi Arabia's economic reform project reaches a critical juncture, and the Gulf states seem to be changing their posture toward Israel.

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Trump May Kick Iran Deal Debate to Senate, the Islamic State’s Bastion Pinched on Two Fronts, the Gulf Crisis Gets Even More Petty

The Trump administration lays out its game plan for decertifying the Iran deal, the Islamic State is being squeezed in Deir Ezzor, and Trump offers to fix the Gulf crisis.

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Iran Still Complying with Nuclear Deal, Rebel Coalition in Yemen Bends but Doesn’t Break, U.S. and Hezbollah Fight over Islamic State in Syria

The IAEA disagrees with the Trump administration about Iran’s compliance, Houthi and Saleh loyalists involved in Sanaa streetfighting, and an Islamic State convoy is trapped between Syria’s frontlines.