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U.S. should know by now that ransoming hostages with Iran only leads to terror

August 3, 2016  •  New York Daily News

On January 16, 2016, as the United States, Iran, and other world powers began to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the diplomatic deal to constrain Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, four long-imprisoned Iranian-American hostages boarded a flight in Tehran to begin their long trek home.

Secretary of State John Kerry credited the importance of "the relationships forged and the diplomatic channels unlocked over the course of the nuclear talks." He vehemently denied any talk of ransom.

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Will There Be a Coup in Iraq?

July 30, 2016

Last week, Danielle Pletka and I had a Facebook Live discussion about the crisis in Turkey. It was a fun experience and a good discussion. One correspondent asked a great question about an angle we hadn't covered: What might be the impact of the crisis in Turkey upon Iraq?

I haven't responded right away because I wanted to talk to a number of Iraqis. It is a question they are also debating.

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Erdogan Has Nobody to Blame for the Coup but Himself

July 15, 2016  •  Foreign Policy

This is not what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meant when he said he wanted to transform Turkey. The tanks and gunfire in the streets of Ankara mark the fifth time since 1960 that the Turkish military has attempted to stage a coup. Even if this one proves unsuccessful — and the elected government now seems likely to come out on top — it calls into question the stability of Erdogan's political movement. How exactly did a leader who began his rule 13 years ago with such promise derail so badly?

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The Battle for the Soul of Iraqi Kurdistan

July 14, 2016  •  Foreign Policy

"Independence and the right of self-determination is our supreme goal," Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the north of Iraq, declared late last month. It was an uncharacteristically blunt statement, but the Kurdish aspiration for statehood is nothing new.

The Kurds have long pointed out that they are the largest people without a nation. And much like their compatriots in Syria and Turkey, Iraq's Kurds spent much of the 20th century battling a hostile central government — in this case Baghdad — for their independence.

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Who Is Stopping Kurdish Leaders From Visiting the U.S.?

May 24, 2016  •  Newsweek

There's something strange going on at the State Department. Civil war continues unabated in Syria, peace talks and "ceasefire" notwithstanding. In Iraq, meanwhile, the fight against the Islamic State remains hampered not only by political chaos in Baghdad, but also by corruption both there and in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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