The short & long game in the Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019. "Critics wrongly believe the U.S. can have its cake and eat too when it comes to Turkey, the SDF and the greater Middle East. They overestimate U.S. capabilities in Syria. They fail to recognize an increasingly complex and volatile area emerging in northeastern Syria," writes CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher in LobeLog. "The question that remains unanswered is whether the Trump administration can be strategic and leverage the U.S. troop withdrawal with greater Turkish cooperation on Iran."