Russia, Syria, Turkey

Can Turkey and Russia Create a Buffer Zone in Idlib?

turkrusThe tenuous deal surely is welcome news for the Trump administration, which has struggled to define a set of objectives in Syria and seemed to have little leverage to stop the looming Idlib offensive. The U.S. for years has waged a bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, but the administration stopped short of taking direct military action against Mr. Assad.

“Syria is a proxy battlefield… The Turks are supporting rebel groups, the Saudis are in there supporting rebel groups. You have the Russians and Iranians in there supporting the regime. It’s not like what happens in Syria stays in Syria.”

Read the full interview with the Washington Times.

Russia, Syria

Limited U.S. Policy Options in Syria [Interview]

idlib

What can be done to stop the looming Idlib assault, and what — realistically — is the best outcome the Trump administration can hope for?

“There’s always been overlapping or unclear objectives. There’s never been an unambiguous strategy. Unlike the Russians, as we know, who have always had one clear strategy: the preservation of the Assad regime. And they’ve backed that up with military force.”

Read the full interview with the Washington Times.