Though leaders in the United States and Russia may have conflicting interests in regards to the Assad regime, the two nations must work together to defeat ISIS.
Conflict resolution in Syria must proceed without the Assad regime. Its continued brutality will only increase the strength of ISIS.
The U.S. military must increase its involvement in Iraq and Syria to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Such an escalation is all the more urgent in light of Russia’s intensified operations in Syria.
Iran is entering a period of rapprochement with major world powers that could exacerbate insecurity in the Middle East. To avoid aggravating regional tensions, President Rouhani’s administration must refrain from adventurist policies and re-engage with Iran’s neighbors.
Intelligence Community insistence on assured access to protected communications risks complicating U.S. counterterrorism efforts and harming American businesses.