Since the start of 2016, ISIL has fought a sophisticated, multi-front battle for Libyan oil industry infrastructure from its stronghold of territory within the country. As in other places, as ISIL has grown as a security threat, American foreign policy has been inevitably redirected towards it. Yet, US high command is still struggling to define […]

If a man’s career represents his life story, Ambassador Chas Freeman’s tells a tale of success, excitement, and — not surprisingly — diplomacy. Having held positions such as the US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and President Nixon’s principal interpreter during his 1972 trip to China, Ambassador Freeman […]

Amidst the overthrow of governments in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011, Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies remarked that the nation of Syria looked like nothing more than “a lovely country with olive groves and rolling plains that’s not of any particular strategic interest to anybody who doesn’t live there.” Fast-forward […]