Middle East

US-led Coalition Strikes on Syria Are about Boundaries, Not Bravado


The longstanding civil war in Syria between Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces, which has featured chemical weapon attacks, ISIS participation, and Russian involvement, continues to draw in external actors. In light of the U.S. response, however, critical questions remain as to the extent of American (and indeed, global) involvement in the region.

Why Palestinian Authority Won’t Stop Paying the Terrorists


Days after Trump approved further cuts to foreign aid for the Palestinian Authority over the practice of paying a salary to terrorists and families of slain assailants, Ramallah announced an allocation of $355 million for the cause in 2018 — an $8 million increase over last year. This amount constitutes a significant portion of the PA’s yearly budget, which stands at $4.76 billion for 2018.