The Back Channel

Tillerson: Russia has 'best means' to convince Assad to go

Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

On his first trip to Russia as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow to discuss steps to try to reverse the decline in relations between the United States and Russia.

Russia 'furious' with Assad over gas attack

Monday, Apr. 10, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Syria’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Idlib province has threatened to sabotage potential US-Russia rapprochement, and Russia is privately furious with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

What US airstrike means for Washington’s Syria policy

Friday, Apr. 7, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

As allies express cautious approval of the US airstrike in Syria, the United States says its targeted action does not signal a broader shift to military regime change.

Trump welcomes Egypt’s Sisi 'as is'

Monday, Apr. 3, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seem to hit it off at the White House, but will Trump come through on the funding Sisi wants?

Critics say operation to take port could spell more catastrophe for Yemen

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

As the Trump administration considers providing support for a UAE/Saudi operation to take a Yemeni port, some UN, former US officials warn it could tip Yemen into famine.

Iraq PM visits White House amid debate over post-Mosul strategy

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

With the liberation of Mosul in sight, the Trump administration is internally divided on what formula might bring long-term stability.

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