Matthew RJ Brodsky
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The Competing Interests Involved in Afrin, Syria

February 19, 2018  •  The Rundown with Nurit Ben and Calev Ben-David / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Syria-based journalist, Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on i24News "The Rundown" with Nurit Ben and Calev Ben-David. They discuss the differing priorities of those involved in the Afrin operation and wider Syria. According to Brodsky, U.S. policy is confused and needs to be clarified.

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Iran-Israel Clash Marks New Phase of Syrian Conflict
Iranian troops launched drone attack from within Syria, showing that Assad and his allies are emboldened by the demise of ISIS

February 13, 2018  •  The Weekly Standard

The recent clash between Iran and Israel is the latest indication that the war in Syria is shifting gears and entering a new phase, where the rules of the game are also being put to the test. Iran and Assad feel emboldened with ISIS out of commission and the civil war winding down. This was a bold opportunity to test Israel and Israel's response left little room for doubt over whether it would shy away from acting when it perceived it was in its interest. Iran risked very little with this weekend's maneuver as it operated on Syrian territory, which is where Israel responded. Israel will not sit back and watch Iran expand its threat as it further entrenches itself in southern Syria. That means that it will likely raise the stakes for the regime in Tehran along with its puppet in Damascus. It would be helpful if the U.S. were to adopt a similar position in actions—not just rhetoric—because when it comes to Iran, the U.S. and Israel share the same goals.

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The Moving Parts in the Aftermath of the Iranian-Israeli Scuffle

February 12, 2018  •  Perspectives with Tracy Alexander / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Tracy Alexander live in the Israel studio on i24News "Perspectives" to discuss Russia's game in Syria, the fallout from the Iranian drone attack and the Israeli response, and Secretary Tillerson's role on his visit to the region.

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The U.S. Coalition Strikes Back Against Pro-Assad Forces in Eastern Syria

February 8, 2018  •  Perspectives with Sarah Coates / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Alexey Khlebnikov of the Russian International Affairs Council on i24News "Persprectives" with Sarah Coates to discuss the U.S.-led coalition's response to the shelling of a Syrian Democratic Forces base near Deir Ez-Zor in Syria. Brodsky explains that contrary to Russia's claims, the U.S. saw the force build up over a couple of days, warned Russia it would respond if attacked, and did so in self-defense after 20 - 30 shells landed near their headquarters. It is in keeping with the U.S. enforcing the agreed-upon Euphrates River de-confliction line. According to Brodsky, the military defeat of ISIS in Syria has merely shifted the war in Syria on to new footing where the regional and international powers involved are seeking to establish their new rules of engagement and probe whether the other's red lines are actually pink. Turkey promises to do the same in northwest Syria in Manbij and Israel has long acted to enforce its own red lines in southwestern Syria.

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All We Have to Do in Syria is Prevent the Return of ISIS and Diminish Iran
Rex Tillerson lays out a strategy that seeks to learn from our past mistakes.

January 24, 2018  •  The Weekly Standard

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out the Trump administration's pathway forward in Syria, including a vision of America's objectives and listed the ingredients of the recipe that would make a successful Syrian soup. It means stepping up U.S. diplomatic engagement in the Syrian conflict and notably, maintaining an American military presence that is focused on stabilization and preventing ISIS from reconstituting itself. That effort, he explained, will provide the necessary conditions for a political transition away from Bashar al-Assad and the return of Syrian refugees. Iran's influence will diminish without its Syrian lapdog, Assad, in power. Tillerson also described Iran as a primary threat in Syria. To what extent will this plan work where others have failed?

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