The Back Channel


Trump and Russia's Lavrov talk Syria at White House

Wednesday, May. 10, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Shadowed by an investigation into Moscow's interference in the US election, US President Donald Trump welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the White House May 10.

White House sees wild-card nature as asset in Trump’s first foreign trip

Thursday, May. 4, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Trump’s first foreign trip as president will be to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome, the holy places for Islam, Judaism and Christianity, as he tries to rally the world to unite against extremism and intolerance, aides say.

Trump, Abbas vow to prove skeptics wrong on reaching peace deal

Wednesday, May. 3, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

In upbeat White House visit May 3, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump expressed themselves optimistic they can reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that nobody thinks they will reach.

US to send senior envoy to Syria talks after Trump-Putin call

Tuesday, May. 2, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones is set to attend Syria cease-fire talks in Astana on May 3-4 after Trump-Putin confer on Syria.

In shift, Saudis seek political solution for Yemen port

Friday, Apr. 28, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Hoping signs of progress in talks with Houthi rebels come to fruition, Riyadh is now looking away from military plans and considering a political solution to take a strategic Yemeni Red Sea port.

Is Trump learning to live with Iran nuclear deal?

Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

In certifying that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal, the Trump administration appears to be discovering the merits of the accord.

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