The Back Channel

Washington talks fail to secure breakthrough in Qatar crisis

Thursday, Jun. 29, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been huddling with Gulf diplomats all week, to no avail.

White House warning meant to deter Syria chemical attack

Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The Donald Trump administration made it clear to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces that it will not allow another gas attack.

Trump administration welcomes financial watchdog’s Iran sanctions reprieve

Monday, Jun. 26, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Treasury Department experts prevail as the United States endorses the Financial Action Task Force’s decision to indefinitely suspend countermeasures on Iran.

Kushner bolsters Trump Middle East peace push

Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

By dispatching his son-in-law, the president has made it clear to both sides that he’s serious about wanting a deal. But will that be enough?

US struggles to calm new Syria flashpoints

Monday, Jun. 19, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Even as the Trump administration says it wants to avoid clashing with Assad and his allies, experts say a lack of a clear US strategy in Syria makes confrontation more likely.

US urges dialogue to ease Qatar crisis

Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Diplomats hope mediation will cool diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf rivals.

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