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Trump’s Syria Shambles Report
U.S. forces, accompanied by Kurdish YPG fighters, drive armored vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah in April 2017. (Vehicles drive near Syrian village.)

Trump’s Syria Shambles

President Trump’s withdrawal from Syria has thrown the region into chaos, shattered American credibility, and uncovered deep problems with U.S. policy toward Turkey.

Max Hoffman

The State of the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict Report
Kurds clash with the Turkish police as they protest against recent curfews imposed on December 14, 2015, in downtown Diyarbakır. (Getty/AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

The State of the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict

The benefits of rapprochement between the Turkish government and Kurdish militants are clear, but hopes for an easing of tensions rest on shaky political ground.

Max Hoffman

Trump’s First 100 Days in the Middle East Report

Trump’s First 100 Days in the Middle East

While President Trump has so far largely held off on his most reckless policy ideas, his first 100 days show both surprising continuity and troubling shifts that could undercut U.S. interests.

Daniel Benaim

U.S. and Russia Relations Under Trump and Putin Report
Books by President-elect Donald Trump and about him sit on a display in the Moscow House of Books in Moscow, November 14, 2016. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

U.S. and Russia Relations Under Trump and Putin

The United States will need to engage Russia, and the incoming Trump administration must determine if it will challenge Russia where necessary.

William Danvers

Syrian Immigrants in the United States Report
In this April 19, 2016 photo, Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir recites her work during a gathering where immigrants from hostile environments spoke about their lives, at the YWCA in Boulder, Colo. Kassir, a 20-year-old college student, was born in Denver to a father from Syria and a mother from America. A poet who also works in her family’s Middle Eastern restaurant, Kassir describes her own life as being intertwined with that of the United States. Is America great? Yes, she says. And it’s also her best chance.

Syrian Immigrants in the United States

Syrian immigrants are thriving members of American society and represent a strong receiving community for new refugees.

David Dyssegaard Kallick, Cyierra Roldan, Silva Mathema

Leveraging U.S. Power in the Middle East Report
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's photograph of the Nile River from space in September 2015. (NASA)

Leveraging U.S. Power in the Middle East

The next U.S. administration should advance a long-term affirmative agenda that deepens engagement with long-standing partners, builds a new framework for regional cooperation, and utilizes America’s unique leverage and assets to advance U.S. interests and values.

the CAP Middle East Team

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