Aaron David Miller considers three core questions that need answering about the military action the president is about to authorize in Syria.
"Obama will act militarily in Syria, but deliberately. Whatever its misgivings, the U.S. military will execute whatever attack the president authorizes – maybe missile strikes against units that have used chemical weapons, or against other military infrastructure. And if he explains his reasoning clearly and transparently, he’ll have Congress and the public behind him," writes Aaron David Miller in Politico.
“I think urging the U.N. immediately to investigate this is right action number one and then, two, mobilizing the entire world community. If there was a massive use of chemical weapons, that should be a rallying cry for the world to get involved,” said Jane Harman on Andrea Mitchell Reports.
The only thing that's really clear about U.S. Middle East policy these days is its stunning lack of clarity, writes Aaron Miller. Still, even while it seems confused and directionless, Barack Obama's Middle East policies have logic and coherence.
The military government that is fast taking shape in Egypt will strengthen the hands of the hardliners across the region, writes Haleh Esfandiari in The New York Times.
Israeli-Palestinian talks are set to begin this week. How will we know if progress is being made? Aaron Miller says there are signs to look for to see if the talks are going anywhere.
After the Aug. 4 inauguration, Rouhani will face a grueling test of the popularity he won at the polls against five other candidates, writes Robin Wright.
As the latest round of talks begin, Aaron David Miller outlines the three core challenges to achieving an agreement. And while the odds against success are long, “Still, Mr. Kerry has put down a bet worth making.”
"U.S. officials must make clear to the Egyptian military and its supporters, as well as to Islamists, that Washington will choose its friends, and that they do not include regimes that curb popular participation at the polls in favor of street mobilization," writes Marina and David Ottaway in The Washington Post.
Stalled efforts to reach an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians are once again front and center. Secretary of State Kerry has committed himself to finding a way forward on a dispute that has become one of the world’s immovable objects. Is there any reason to believe that this time can be different? Aaron Miller, a veteran of Middle East negotiations, provides context.