A New Way Forward in the Middle East: Nine Stratagems
10 months agoJanuary 14, 2019
This document proposes a military-lite, foreign-aid-lite approach to executing American foreign policy in the Middle East. The basic aim is for the United States to positively affect our interests by rewarding friends and punishing enemies.
A New Strategy for the Middle East
10 months agoJanuary 09, 2019
The United States began operating our foreign policy in a fundamentally different way when President Trump took office. Our nation-building projects abroad came into question as military intervention began to be replaced by deal-making as the preferred method for achieving US strategic interests. The region where this is coming into greatest focus is the Middle East. We will soon publish the first regional version of our Grand Strategy - Freedom and Fair Trade which will focus on the Middle East. This piece will serve as an introduction to our thoughts on the current state and how we see the path forward.
The Assad Regime’s Financial Viability
1 year agoAugust 14, 2018
The regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria is a menace to the people of Syria and its neighbors in the region. As an enabler of Iranian expansion and Russian force projection it also presents problems for the United States and our allies. SSG looks at what keeps the regime afloat and how vulnerable it is at this juncture.
America cannot afford to lose the Kurds
1 year agoJuly 23, 2018
A long relationship between America's Special Forces and the Kurds is endangered. For Kurds, this feels familiar. The US must implement a policy in the interest of our Kurdish partners so that we don’t lose them to the dangerous regimes in the unforgivable neighborhood that is the Middle East.