Tag Archives: John Kerry

Policy Brief no. 81: Russia is strongly boosting its military presence in Syria


Some U.S. intelligence analysts say that “Russia is preparing to insert combat aircraft into Syria”, possibly in order to launch airstrikes against the radical groups fighting against the Assad regime (which is an important regional ally of the Kremlin). We already know, the same open source is reporting, that “in a development that caught U.S. […]

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News Alert No.58: Airstrikes alone cannot stop ISIL at Kobane, while U.S. decision-makers cannot reach a common solution to solve the crisis in Kurdish areas of Syria


On October 9, Al Arabiya reports (quoting AFP) that “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants control more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani”. The same media source says that “meanwhile, the U.S.-led coalition on Thursday [October 9] carried out two fresh strikes on ISIS jihadist positions in Kobane” and […]

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News Alert No.34: John Kerry and Iranian counterpart discuss nuclear talks and the threat posed by the Islamic State

John Kerry and Iranian counterpart

On September 21, the U.S. Secretary of State met the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in New York “and stressed the need to make progress in nuclear negotiations this week on the sidelines of UN meetings”; the two officials “also discussed the threat posed by Islamic State  militants in Syria and Iraq”[1], Reuters reports. […]

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Policy Brief No.29 : Important U.S. allies in Europe, hesitant in offering help to Washington’s efforts aiming at forging a coalition to fight the Islamic State

Shi'ite fighters from Mahdi Army

Both some Western and some Middle East allies of the U.S. are clearly hesitant in offering serious help to American efforts aiming at forging a regional coalition able to stop, and later on to defeat the Islamic State (ISIL), Reuters reports on September 13. On September 12, in Ankara, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry […]

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Policy Brief No.26 : Key strategic directions and diplomatic efforts in fighting ISIL

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On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama stated that “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. […] That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten […]

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