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Trump’s first 100 days: the foreign policy report card

The Huffington Post By Ariel Cohen May 8, 2017 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5910763de4b046ea176aed40 Many in Washington feared Trump would sell out to Russia. That never happened. Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine are in place. Syria was hit with 59 Tomahawk missiles. Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. To quote Nikki Haley,

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Dr. Cohen Speaks on Bloomberg Markets AM: Putin is Doubling Down on Assad

Bloomberg Markets AM with Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz “Atlantic Council’s Ariel Cohen: Putin is Doubling Down on Assad” April 12, 2017 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2017-04-12/atlantic-council-s-ariel-cohen-putin-is-doubling-down-on-assad GUEST: Ariel Cohen, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and director of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics at the IAGS, on Syria, Russia and how oil plays a factor.

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Dr. Cohen Discusses Strategy in Syria

Polizette “Trump Strike Brings Risk of Entanglement or ‘Red Line’ Moment” By Brendan Kirby April 7, 2017 http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/trump-still-risks-of-red-line-moment-after-syrian-strike/ In deciding on a missile strike against Syria on Thursday, President Donald Trump is still at risk of creating his own “red line” moment, according to foreign policy experts from across the political spectrum. Trump took the

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Dr. Cohen Featured in Article on Yemen

The Washington Diplomat “World Turns Blind Eye to Yemen’s Civil War, Rohingya Refugees and South Sudan’s Famine” By Larry Luxner Updated March 30, 2017 http://www.washdiplomat.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15159:world-turns-blind-eye-to-yemens-civil-war-rohingya-refugees-and-south-sudans-famine&catid=1556&Itemid=428 With world headlines focused on North Korea’s nuclear tests, Russia’s ties to the Trump administration and landmark elections in France, it’s easy to forget about three ethnic conflicts that show

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Trump’s trials: Iran and North Korea

The Hill Ariel Cohen 02/19/2017 http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/320188-trumps-trials-iran-and-north-korea As the General Michael Flynn’s political star sets amidst continued controversy, the Trump administration is facing its first foreign policy tests less than a month after the inauguration. Unsurprisingly, the two actors who are actively testing President Trump’s resolve come straight from George W. Bush’s “axis of evil”: Iran

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“Georgian Dream Meets Reality: The Coalition’s First Term and Future Reform Prospects”

“Georgian Dream Meets Reality: The Coalition’s First Term and Future Reform Prospects” Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., and Ivan Benovic October 2016 http://www.iags.org/GeorgiaReportOct2016.pdf Executive Summary   Concluding its first four years in power, the Georgian Dream coalition government has reformed and changed many aspects of Georgia’s public life. The coalition has not only continued along the path

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Putin’s Weakness Gives Kerry a Strong Hand

Newsweek March 24, 2016 By Ariel Cohen http://www.newsweek.com/putin-weakness-gives-kerry-strong-hand-440089 In Moscow this week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry should keep in mind that Russia’s recent military engagements in Ukraine and Syria represent an attempt to manipulate perceptions. The Kremlin wants to position itself as a peer of America, open to cooperation against ISIS, but capable

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Memo to Secretary Kerry: Russia Is Weaker Than You Think

The Atlantic Council March 23, 2016 By Ariel Cohen http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/memo-to-secretary-kerry-russia-is-weaker-than-you-think When US Secretary of State John Kerry goes to Moscow this week, he should keep in mind that Russia’s recent military engagements in Ukraine and Syria represent an attempt to manipulate perceptions. The Kremlin wants to position itself as a peer of America, open to

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Iranian gas industry to require massive investments to meet European demands

Trend News Agency January 26, 2016 By Elena Kosolapova The Iranian gas industry will require massive investments to meet European and global demand, Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Ariel Cohen said in his report obtained by Trend. “Only 160 billion cubic meters of gas

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