The Back Channel

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.

Trump Cabinet picks could signal fate of US Mideast policy

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The fate of the Iran deal and other pressing foreign policy issues may rest with who Donald Trump chooses to advise him and serve in his Cabinet.

US cool to Russia pause in Aleppo strikes

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Washington expressed skepticism about Russia’s plan to extend a pause in airstrikes on Aleppo until Nov. 4 so those needing medical care and opposition fighters could leave the city.

©2017 Al-Monitor. All rights reserved.

Get Al-Monitor delivered to your Inbox

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using them you accept our use of cookies. Learn more... X