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Jon B. Alterman

Jon B. Alterman
Jon B. Alterman holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and directs the Middle East program at CSIS.
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The US Should Get Ready for Syria’s Return from War

Trump seems determined not to play much of a role in shaping how Syria’s myriad conflicts are resolved. That’s a mistake.

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The Foreign-Policy Parallels Between Trump and the Ayatollahs Are Uncanny

Neither the U.S. president nor Iran's leaders are as willing to go toe-to-toe as they might seem.

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On Iran, Trump Needs UN Help. He May Even Know it.

Maximum pressure isn't working. Tehran isn't backing down. Can the president woo a body that laughed at him last year?

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About that Counter-Iran Coalition...

The Trump administration called for help, but Washington's friends have shrugged and calculated it is safer to stay away from "maximum pressure." There is a better way.

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Who Wins When US-Iran Tensions Rise? China

The Sino-Iranian relationship advances Chinese interests — and particularly when Washington tries to turn the screws on Tehran.

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As Independence Vote Nears, Iraqi Kurds Play a Risky Game of Chicken

Kurdistan’s president called the referendum to extract concessions from Baghdad. What if it doesn’t work?