Jim Jeffrey quoted in Bloomberg article, “Biden, Putin Face Post-Summit Test Over Syria Cooperation”

“'The basic strategic question is what Russia will demand from the international community and the U.S. in return for saving these 3.5 million people,' said James Jeffrey, who recently served as the American envoy for Syria and negotiated cross-border aid with Moscow. 'The U.S. is putting a lot of emphasis on this and it’s getting a lot of attention, but Putin won’t do this just to make us happy...'” Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-08-02T22:31:41-04:00July 6, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Jim Jeffrey and Dennis Ross write in The Atlantic: “The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t the Problem. Iran Is.”

"Ebrahim Raisi’s election as president of Iran came as no surprise. All those who might have been a threat to him were disqualified. He was the choice of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and small wonder: Few people better embody the ideology of the Islamic Republic. He will not open Iran up to the outside world, and will certainly not look to accommodate the United States in any way. As for Iran’s behavior in the Middle East, he has made clear [...]

2021-08-02T22:16:57-04:00June 29, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Jim Jeffrey interviewed in NPR’s All Things Considered, “Countries Seem to Be Normalizing Relations With the Syrian Regime”

"For years, the U.S., along with other Western and Arab countries, have sought to replace or isolate the Syrian regime. Many supported the rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. But now that his government is prevailing in the long civil war there, countries are turning towards the regime again. NPR's Ruth Sherlock reports…" Read the full transcript here: Full Transcript

2021-08-02T22:13:53-04:00June 23, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Jim Jeffrey writes in Foreign Affairs: “Can Biden Do Everything?”

"In his recent article 'Biden’s Everything Doctrine' (April 22), Jeremy Shapiro correctly identifies serious inconsistencies in the new U.S. administration’s foreign policy. Washington now promises both a 'foreign policy for the middle class' and engagement on seemingly every global problem. Many of Shapiro’s remedies—scaling back frantic interventions, making choices between values and allies, and withdrawing from Afghanistan—are sensible. But his piece fails to contend with a long-standing premise of U.S. foreign policy that has contributed to the contradiction he identifies..." Read [...]

2021-08-02T22:57:35-04:00June 23, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Jim Jeffrey interviewed on CBS News

"President Biden held his first face-to-face talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since Mr. Biden formally recognized Turkey's role in perpetuating the Armenian genocide. Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey spoke with CBSN's Tanya Rivero about the state of the relationship between Washington and Ankara…" Watch the full interview here: Full Interview

2021-07-20T23:48:06-04:00June 15, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Jim Jeffrey quoted in Foreign Policy article, “Biden to Prod Putin on Syria Relief”

"'The rest of Syria’s problems are not going to go away,' said James Jeffrey, a former career foreign service officer who served as Trump’s point person on Syria. Putin won’t open the lifelines for free, Jeffrey warned… "Jeffrey recalled Russian negotiators attending previous bilateral talks with the United States over Syria with a long list of its own requests, including freezing sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and halting efforts to block other countries and international development agencies from investing in [...]

2021-07-20T20:05:49-04:00June 9, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Jim Jeffrey quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, “Biden Faces Russian Test Over Aid in Syria”

"The U.N.’s use of border crossings dates to 2014 when the Security Council approved a plan to send aid to Syrians through four crossings, with Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, to reach civilians on both sides of the battle lines. Under Russian pressure, the Security Council later shrank the number of crossings the U.N. is authorized to use to one: Bab al-Hawa. In July 2020, the Trump administration secured a one-year extension for U.N. use of the crossing. "'Russia has been leveraging [...]

2021-07-20T18:59:04-04:00May 11, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Jim Jeffrey interviewed in 60 Minutes, “Blinken Meeting With G7 Allies Amid Growing Challenges From China, Russia”

"Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in London for talks with G7 allies after speaking out about countering China and Russia during an interview on '60 Minutes,' Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Turkey, James Jeffrey, joins CBSN to weigh in on the latest developments…" Watch the full interview here: Full Interview

2021-05-03T00:00:39-04:00May 3, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Jim Jeffrey quoted in RUSI article, “Turkey–US Relations: Where Now?”

"Turkey’s relations with the US have suffered a blow, but the US needs to understand that in a changing world, regional stability cannot be achieved without Turkish cooperation… "James Jeffrey, a former US Ambassador to Turkey who knows the ins and outs of the relationship very well, recently stated that 'If the Biden administration, so concerned about re-establishing American global leadership, seriously wants to confront these threats, it can’t succeed without Turkey…'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-04-30T00:00:19-04:00April 30, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|
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