The American Agreement with the Taliban Dismisses the Lessons of the Recent Past

March 4 2020

Since the United States concluded a deal with the Taliban on Saturday, the Islamist group has already carried out multiple attacks on Afghan government positions. Meanwhile, the agreement itself trades concrete steps by Washington—an immediate withdrawal of some troops, withdrawal of the rest within fourteen months, and pressure on Kabul to release 5,000 prisoners—for vague assurances from the Taliban about breaking with al-Qaeda. David French writes:

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More about: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Radical Islam, Taliban, U.S. Foreign policy

How Israel Can Stand Up to a Belligerent Turkey

Sept. 25 2020

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has become increasingly authoritarian, Islamist, and hostile toward Israel and the West more generally. The Turkish government has also indicated that it aspires to alter its maritime border with Greece, and even its border with Syria. Analyzing these changes, and what they term the country’s “bellicose foreign policy,” Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman, and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the implications for Israel, and how the Jewish state might best respond:

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More about: Israeli Security, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy