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While Nero Fiddles

Turkey Invades Syria

The front page of all of the major papers today is focussed on the shutdown showdown in Washington. Is it a #Trumpocalypse or a #SchumerShutdown?

Meanwhile the damage of a Trump presidency is magnified as our national interests continue to take a back seat to a president (I am not making this up!) who spent Saturday watching old TV clips of himself criticizing President Barack Obama's handling of the last shutdown.


Four Myths about the Kurds, Debunked

Editor’s Note: There is one bright spot in the darkness of the Middle East: the U.S. relationship with various Kurdish groups. In Iraq and Syria in particular, the Kurds seem the bulwark of U.S. efforts against the Islamic State and appear to be a relatively democratic and positive force in the region. Sloane Speakman, until recently my partner running the Foreign Policy Essay at Lawfare, questions many of these supposed truths. She argues that the U.S.-Kurdish relationship is far more problematic, or at least should be, than most policymakers recognize.


Legal Considerations Guiding the Iraq-Kurdistan Dispute

Three weeks ago, a U.S.-led coalition made up of Iraqi military units, Kurdish Peshmerga, Sunni tribal groups and Iran-backed Shiite militias began the campaign to liberate Mosul from ISIL control. Home to as many as 1.5 million Iraqis, Mosul is the country’s second largest city and represents ISIL’s last major Iraqi stronghold.

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