Why America Shouldn’t Leave the Sinai

Oct. 19 2020

Recently, the pentagon has floated the idea of withdrawing U.S. troops from the multinational peacekeeping force in the Sinai (known as the MFO), established in 1979 to reduce the likelihood of renewed hostilities between Egypt and Israel. Given the longstanding good relations between Cairo and Jerusalem—disrupted only when the Muslim Brotherhood ruled the country in 2012 and 2013—as well as the improving relations between Israel and other Arab states, this seems on its face like a reasonable move. Bradley Bowman and Amoreena York argue otherwise:

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More about: Egypt, Israeli Security, Sinai Peninsula, U.S. Foreign policy

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war