The Back Channel

Kerry, Putin meet to salvage Syria peace talks

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin July 14 to see if they could reach an agreement on a US plan to deepen US-Russian coordination on Syria.

Will US, Russia start coordinating against Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria?

Tuesday, Jul. 5, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States, increasingly concerned about the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, is continuing to discuss with Russia a proposal to target Jabhat al-Nusra and IS.

UN Syria envoy looks for talks to resume in July

Friday, Jun. 24, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said a “critical mass” of agreement between Russia and the United States was still needed before holding a new round of intra-Syrian talks on a political transition.

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.

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