Matthew RJ Brodsky
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Iran's Future in Syria and the Strategic Partnership with Russia

November 15, 2017  •  ClearCut with Michelle Makori / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Michelle Makori on i24News "ClearCut" to discuss the plan in Syria that allows Iran to set up shop too close to the Golan Heights. He believes a plan that relies on Russian assurances to keep Iran at bay is as worthless as Moscow's 2013 assurances to rid Syria of all of its chemical and biological weapons. Russia and Iran have long had a strategic partnership and the only way to change Putin's calculation is to weaken Iran and lessen its value to Moscow. The Trump administration has leverage but so far appears unwilling to use it.

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How the U.S.- Russia Agreement on Syria is Bad for Israel

November 14, 2017  •  The Rundown with Nurit Ben and Calev Ben-David / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Nurit Ben and Calev Ben-David on i24News "The Rundown" to discuss the agreement reached between Russia and the U.S. over Syria and how it leaves Israel exposed. This comes in a context where U.S. officials have arrived in Israel to discuss the arrangement. Brodsky believes that the Trump administration has based its Syria plan on a number of fallacies, foremost is that Russia and the U.S. share the same objectives in Syria and that Russia seeks to curtail Iran's influence in the region. The strategic partnership between Russia and Iran has been a fixture for decades and has only strengthened with their participation in Syria, which has centered on preserving the Assad regime as a means to increase their influence. The U.S. position actually empowers a negotiating process led by Russia, that will not only lock in Moscow's position in the Middle East but will increase Iran's presence near the Golan Heights and Israel.

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America's Missing Plan in the Middle East

November 10, 2017  •  Stateside with David Shuster / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins David Shuster on i24News "Stateside" to discuss the significance of the battles in the border region near Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria and what it means for the Shi'a crescent Iran has hoped to complete from Tehran to the Mediterranean. Brodsky asserts that the U.S. has not taken into account the fact that Iran has benefited throughout the region from the collapse of ISIS. He believes that President Trump has wanted to do far more in the Middle East with less resources and it will likely prove unsustainable. He sees no evidence that that the U.S. will stand by its Kurdish allies in Syria anymore than it did in Iraq. The recent news reports involving the existence of an Iranian base just south of Damascus is a worrying development and the expected joint U.S.-Russia statement on Syria's future will likely indicate the direction the U.S. is heading as it begins entering the "now what?" phase after smashing ISIS.

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One Year Later: The Trump Effect in the Middle East

November 8, 2017  •  Perspectives with Tracy Alexander / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Tracy Alexander on i24News "Perspectives" for a wide-ranging discussion and review of what Trump's first year has meant for the Middle East peace process, the fight against ISIS, Iran's regional arc of influence, and the recent political developments in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

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On the Left, the Missing Debate over the Iran Deal
Did Obama foreclose better future options for the U.S. than a choice between acquiescence and war? The answer will soon come into focus.

October 26, 2017  •  National Review

President Trump's decision to remain in the nuclear agreement with Iran while working to fix its numerous flaws has temporarily put to bed an ideological debate between the two main conservative camps, known as "the Walkers" and "the Fixers." Across the political aisle, however, no such debate or congruent internal discussion is taking place. That is because for the camp known as "the Vanguard," the deal was never really about Iran's nuclear program when they sealed it in 2015. They created an echo chamber of "Believers" who still use stale talking points that are two years old and verifiably false. Although they demonize the Fixers as warmongers, history will note that it is they who brought the choice between war and acquiescence ever closer by abandoning America's leverage for such a flawed deal. In reality, only the Fixers stand today between that stark choice.

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