Donald Trump repeated an eyebrow-raising idea this week that the United States should have kept Iraq’s oil after ousting Saddam Hussein.

"I’ve always said -- shouldn’t be there, but if we’re going to get out, take the oil," Trump told moderator Matt Lauer at NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum on Sept. 7, 2016. "If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS, because ISIS formed with the power and the wealth of that oil."

Sep 09, 2016
Barnett Rubin
Middle East, United States

Barnett Rubin is of the opinion that the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), meets the “the national interest” of Iran and the United states.

Aug 24, 2016
Barnett Rubin
Middle East, United States

The U.S. Presence and Afghanistan’s National Unity Government: Preserving and Broadening the Political Settlement

President Obama has announced that the U.S, will maintain 8,400 troops in Afghanistan until the end of his term. The international military presence does not only affect the balance of forces between the government and the Taliban insurgency based in Pakistan.

Aug 09, 2016
Barnett Rubin, Georgette Gagnon
Middle East, Afghanistan

Donald Trump’s recent comments on America’s alliances, coinciding with the Republican convention last week, have further raised the anxiety levels of US allies about Washington’s global role after the US presidential election.

Jul 27, 2016
Elsina Wainwright

World events of the past decade have put the international refugee system under great stress. The challenges include a dramatic increase in the number of forced migrants, a significant shortfall in needed funding, and inadequate international burden-sharing.

Jul 25, 2016
Sarah Cliffe, T. Alexander Aleinikoff
Europe, Middle East

The United States has something important to teach Europe about the migration crisis. Right now, though, Europe isn’t listening.

Jun 22, 2016
James Traub
Europe, Middle East

Sarah Cliffe CIC Director, recently moderated the Third Session of the Doha Forum held in Qatar from May 21-23. The theme for the Third Session was the Global Economy. Globally we are facing two major economic challenges; the global slowdown and volatility of commodities, currencies and financial markets.  Watch the full video of the Third Session of the Doha Forum below:

Jun 10, 2016
Sarah Cliffe
United Nations

A strange thing happened in the Aegean Sea last month: No refugees drowned. This modest piece of good news was, however, overwhelmed by the calamity in the Mediterranean, where 1,083 refugees drowned in the last week of May. Those poor souls, almost all African, left from Libya, a country unable to exercise control over its borders. But passage across the Aegean is controlled by Turkey, which has clamped down on trafficking in the wake of a deal it reached with the European Union in March. In 2015, 800,000 refugees crossed from Turkey to Greece.

Jun 07, 2016
James Traub
Europe, Middle East

Experts say reports of an Iran-backed Taliban buffer zone in Afghanistan against the Islamic State are overstated but that Iran has had links with Taliban commanders for over a decade. 

Jun 01, 2016
Barnett Rubin

Iran is working with the Taliban to set up a buffer zone along its border with Afghanistan to keep out the Islamic State, the latest sign of how the rise of the Syrian-based terror group is turning longtime rivals into uneasy allies.

May 27, 2016
Barnett Rubin

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