The Back Channel

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.

Tillerson defends White House proposal to cut State budget

Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended the White House’s proposal to slash the State Department budget by almost 30%, a move that could have serious repercussions on Middle East diplomacy.

Is spotlight on Trump’s Russia ties slowing US-Russia cooperation in Syria?

Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Intense scrutiny and investigations of possible ties between Trump associates and Russia may complicate prospects for US-Russian cooperation in the fight against IS and in Syria. It may happen anyway.

No breakthrough expected at new Syria talks

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Expectations were modest for a new round of Syria talks set to get underway in Geneva Feb. 23, with the new US administration still formulating its policies.

Netanyahu arrives to Trump White House in turmoil

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The Israeli prime minister, who has long hoped to work with a Republican US president, arrives to a White House in crisis, but early enough, he hopes, to influence policies.

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