People ride a cart pulled by a horse near the damaged al-Hakeem hospital, in the rebel-held besieged area of Aleppo, Syria November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
Peter Apps, Reuters: Could Trump save U.S. Mideast policy? Or just make it worse?
As the U.S. election results trickled in in the early hours of Nov. 9, Syrian government forces began yet another assault on Aleppo – with humanitarian workers and medical centers again in the line of fire.
When historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, they may well see the handling of Syria – and perhaps the wider Middle East – as his greatest single failure. Now, the future of the world’s most geopolitically tangled region is being dumped on the desk of Donald Trump.
Compared to those outsiders who have tried to steer its destiny in the past – Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the multiple conflicting figures of the last two administrations – Trump is clearly woefully underprepared.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 23, 2016
Unless Donald Trump is able to master geopolitical complexity, the trouble in the Middle East will get far worse. -- John Jenkins, New Statesman
In Trump Versus China, Everyone Can Win -- Christopher Balding, Bloomberg
How to Deter NATO's Greatest Fear: A Russian Invasion of the Baltic States -- Jan Osburg, Stephen J. Flanagan and Marta Kepe, National Interest
Russia, the United States and Donald Trump -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures
A New Reset? President-elect Trump’s relationship with Putin is likely to run into obstacles. -- Stefan Meister, Berlin Policy Journal
Saudi Arabia contemplates Trump -- Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor
Trump's Promised Defense Buildup and Congress: Who Will Blink First? -- Joe Gould, Defense News
Trump’s Defense Increase Might Not Equal a Better Military -- Cmdr. Daniel Dolan, USN (Retired), USNI News
An Optimist’s Guide to Donald Trump’s World Order -- Richard Gowan, WPR
In biblical lands of Iraq, Christianity in peril after ISIS -- Moni Basu, CNN
Multilateral Effort Needed to Curb North Korean Cyber, Nuclear Threat -- John Grady, USNI News
The new Colombia-FARC deal: when peace begets war -- William Baulch, Foreign Brief
'A new genocide': Colombia's peace deal ushers in fresh violence -- Lewis Sanders IV, DW
Why China Thinks It Can Build a Utopian World Order -- Patrik K. Meyer, National Interest
Consequences of a U.S.-China Trade War -- David Benson, RCW
13 Ways to Be Thankful If Politics Got You Down -- Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg