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Trumpism and the Middle East

By Gar Pardy      

If the Trump-Putin admiration is real, the Syrian and Iraq wars offer a chance for a common approach that could end the killing.

In this photo taken by a UN observer in 2012, a shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of a heavy attack levelled on the city. Photograph by David Manyua courtesy of the UN

OTTAWA—In sorting out the ongoing confusing and conflicting attributes of the new Trump administration, there may be hopeful signs of progress on one or two of the world’s horrendous quagmires.  It does not take much familiarity with the wars in Syria and Iraq to conclude that present western policies offer little hope of ending the death and destruction anytime soon. It is more than evident that these wars have not been curtailed by the outside interventions of either

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