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Hrair Balian


Will the war in Ukraine inevitably freeze?

With the conflict more likely than not headed for stalemate, how long can the US maintain support in the absence of negotiations?


A window has opened to end the war in Ukraine

A ceasefire now followed by rigorous diplomacy could prevent the conflict from carrying on indefinitely.

Global Crises

An opportunity to energize multinational diplomacy on Syria

An upcoming UN report will show whether a US-Russian agreement on providing humanitarian aid is working.

The United States needs a new Syria policy
Middle East

The United States needs a new Syria policy

Why lifting sanctions is a controversial, but realistic, approach after nine years of failure.

Washington Politics

US sanctions make it harder to fight COVID-19

Suspending all sanctions now will not only help combat the coronavirus, but it will also create the conditions to resolve our differences diplomatically.