The U.S. Need Not Choose between Fighting Terrorism and Countering the Threats from Russia and China

Since the Obama administration announced a “pivot to Asia,” strategists at the Pentagon and Foggy Bottom have spoken of placing less emphasis on combating jihadists and more on containing a revanchist Russia and an aggressive and empowered China. Such an approach, writes Matthew Levitt, creates a false dichotomy that can lead to dangerous conclusions:

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More about: China, Russia, Syrian civil war, Terrorism, 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