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Robert Ford

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and Deputy Ambassador to Iraq

Robert Ford is a teaching fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute. He is a former U.S. ambassador to Syria and deputy ambassador to Iraq

The US Will Spend $500M on Syrian Kurds This Year. For What?

The Trump administration is embarking on a state-building project with no clear strategy, benchmarks, or goals.


Washington Still Doesn’t Understand Iraq

The U.S. dream of a democratic and federal Iraq is over. Appointing Iran the next boogeyman won’t help.


Trump's Syria Ceasefire Is Doomed

It may bring Russia on board, but it hardly acknowledges Iran's role in the war.


The Fatal Flaw in Trump's ISIS Plan

Can he keep both the Turks and the Kurds on his side?