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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, June 28, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Haley to press IAEA on Iran deal compliance

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The US ambassador to the UN and rising Republican star has been sharply critical of Tehran.

Trump administration presses Middle East on religious freedom

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson committed the United States to fighting for religious liberty around the world with the release of the annual International Religious Freedom Report.

US touts success of Syria cease-fire negotiated with Russia

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Despite recent sanctions on Russia, the Donald Trump administration sees a path forward for cooperation with Moscow in Syria.

Iran hawks, Bannon loyalists booted in White House purge

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

A civil war for the soul of the Donald Trump administration has emerged into the open, pitting a motley array of anti-globalists and Iran hawks against more moderate national security professionals.

Trump risks fallout from Iran deal assault

Friday, Jul. 28, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US President Donald Trump, in seeking options to exit the Iran nuclear deal, may jeopardize his administration’s goal of containing Iran’s other troubling behaviors.

New congressional sanctions tie Trump’s hands on cooperation with Russia

Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The House passed legislation today that could impact US-Russia cooperation on Syria and curb Russian arms sales to the Middle East.

Tillerson calls on Saudi bloc to lift blockade on Qatar

Friday, Jul. 21, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The US secretary of state, after meeting Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi today in Washington, called for the lifting of the blockade on Qatar as a sign of good faith.

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