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Kerry defends US vote on Israeli settlements

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry, in an impassioned speech Dec. 28, defended the US decision to abstain on a UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israeli settlements.

Obama administration, allies try to buy time for Iran nuclear deal

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

In its final weeks, the Obama administration and its European allies are trying to convince the emerging Trump team that the deal is working.

What Exxon's Rex Tillerson might mean as secretary of state

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Democrats and some Republican lawmakers expressed concerns about the extensive business dealings in Russia of Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, but several former diplomats said ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson brings significant global experience negotiating in complex environments.

US presidential transition adds turmoil to Syria diplomacy

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

As the Syrian regime makes rapid gains to retake rebel-held eastern Aleppo, renewed diplomatic efforts to try to broker a pause in the fighting remain uncertain.

What would fall of Aleppo mean for US Syria policy?

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

If the Syrian regime’s campaign to retake eastern Aleppo succeeds, it could have a profound impact on the incoming US administration’s Syria plans.

Trump talks Middle East plans

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US President-elect Donald Trump, in a meeting with The New York Times on Nov. 22, discussed many critical matters in the region, including ending the Syrian war and forging Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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