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Iran shifts on Syria

Friday, Jun. 17, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

While the Obama administration is facing internal pressure to toughen its stance against Syria's Assad regime, Iran's Supreme National Security Council and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are playing a larger role in setting Syria policy.

White House gets campaign fever

Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The leaders of the two largest democracies in the world were holding a working lunch at the White House, but most of the questions at the White House press briefing June 7 were about who will succeed Obama in the Oval Office.

Clinton dumps on Trump

Friday, Jun. 3, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, in a foreign policy speech in San Diego on June 2, honed the case for her candidacy down to the narrow and compelling argument that Donald Trump is unfit to be commander in chief.

What to expect from this week's Paris talks on Israeli-Palestinian peace

Thursday, Jun. 2, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

A conference on advancing a two-state solution will convene in Paris June 3, but the United States has expressed ambivalence about the French initiative.

US allies mobilize on two fronts against IS, but Sunnis wary

Wednesday, May. 25, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US-backed Iraqi forces have encircled Fallujah, and mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces have advanced on villages north of Raqqa, but Sunni residents are terrified of retribution by Kurdish and Shiite local forces preparing to liberate those cities from the Islamic State.

Syria contact group urges air drops, expanded cease-fire

Tuesday, May. 17, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The International Syria Support Group, meeting in Vienna May 17, appeared to lower emphasis on Syria political talks as it urged shoring up a partial cease-fire and using air drops if needed to get aid to towns subjected to a type of "medieval" siege.

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