The Back Channel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in the West Bank City of Ramallah, June 21, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Thaer Ghanaim)

Kushner bolsters Trump Middle East peace push

Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

By dispatching his son-in-law, the president has made it clear to both sides that he’s serious about wanting a deal. But will that be enough?

US struggles to calm new Syria flashpoints

Monday, Jun. 19, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Even as the Trump administration says it wants to avoid clashing with Assad and his allies, experts say a lack of a clear US strategy in Syria makes confrontation more likely.

US urges dialogue to ease Qatar crisis

Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Diplomats hope mediation will cool diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf rivals.

US, Russia hold secret talks over south Syria safe zone

Thursday, Jun. 1, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US and Russian officials are quietly negotiating a deal over a proposed "de-escalation" zone near the border with Jordan.

Trump goes on Iran-bashing tour

Monday, May. 22, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Iran has replaced the Islamic State as Donald Trump’s boogeyman during his first trip abroad, to the delight of the Saudis and Israel.

Trump waives nuclear sanctions but slaps Iran on missiles, human rights

Wednesday, May. 17, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The Trump administration sanctioned seven new entities for their alleged role in Iran’s ballistic missile program even as it complied with the letter of the nuclear deal.

Trump expected to waive Iran sanctions today

Wednesday, May. 17, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Issuing the waivers would be a sign of the Trump administration’s begrudging inclination to go along with the nuclear deal, at least for now, even as it huddles with Sunni allies and Israel to push back on Iranian expansionism.

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