The Back Channel


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.

Who will liberate Raqqa?

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States says a military operation to isolate the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa needs to get underway within weeks, but Turkey as well as Washington’s Syrian Arab allies oppose any plan to use Kurdish forces to take the city.

Mosul adds to staggering world refugee crisis

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

With the highest number of refugees and displaced people since World War II and continued brutal conflicts in Syria, Iraq and beyond forcing millions to flee, humanitarians lament a broken system running from crisis to crisis.

US, Europe mull sanctions on Russia over Aleppo

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States and Europe are considering additional economic sanctions on Russia over its role in the Syrian regime's assault on Aleppo.

US gives up on working with Russia on Syria

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States announced Oct. 3 it was suspending bilateral engagement with Russia on Syria, saying there was nothing more to talk about as Russia intensified its air attacks on Aleppo.

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