Mike Singh quoted in the Financial Times article, “U.S. Fears Large-Scale Attacks Against American Troops in Iraq”

"'Iran is carrying out a relatively low-cost but effective strategy to increase the pain for the US and for our Iraqi friends, so deterring Iran is not going to be a one-off event but will require a willingness to strike again and again,' said Mike Singh, a former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council. 'The question is: is the US willing to pursue an indefinite campaign against Iranian proxies in the region given the clear desire—especially [...]

2020-04-14T13:26:15-04:00April 3, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Mike Singh writes in The Washington Post: “Trump is Right to Bide His Time in Renewing A Nuclear Treaty with Russia”

"Next February, the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which limits U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons, will expire. With the demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) last year following Russian violations, and Moscow’s flouting of other treaties meant to limit U.S.-Russian competition, the lapse of New START could prove to be the final nail in the coffin of the post-Cold War arms-control regime. "That prospect has raised alarms on Capitol Hill, where Republicans and Democrats alike find themselves [...]

2020-02-24T15:33:19-05:00February 19, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Mike Singh testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs: “The Middle East Peace Process: An Analysis from Former U.S. Negotiators”

"Historically, the strategic foundation for U.S. involvement in the peace process has been twofold. First, the peace process was a way for the United States to manage seemingly contradictory partnerships with Israel and the Arab states, few of which recognized Israel and several of which had waged war repeatedly against the Jewish state. As Egypt and Jordan relinquished their own claims to the West Bank and Gaza beginning in the 1970s, the Arab world largely threw its support behind the Palestinian [...]

Mike Singh writes in Foreign Affairs: “A Better Iran Deal Is Within Reach”

"When the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump ratcheted up its 'maximum pressure' campaign last May, with the professed aim of driving Iran’s oil exports to zero, it didn’t take long for Tehran to respond with escalation of its own. In the months since, Iran has reportedly attacked pipelines, tankers, and one of the world’s largest oil processing facilities in Saudi Arabia—prompting a spike not just in oil prices but also in worries about a new war in the Middle East. [...]

2019-12-02T07:55:54-05:00November 15, 2019|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Mike Singh writes in The Washington Post: “Why the Talk Of ‘Endless Wars’ Misses the Mark”

"In a town where polarization and partisanship seem to be the rule, there is one proposition to which politicians both right and left seem able to agree: it is time to end the 'endless wars.' "It’s a notion that is difficult to resist — who exactly is for 'endless war,' after all? — and rooted in deep public frustration with the costly but seemingly fruitless interventions of the post-9/11 era. But as a guide to policymaking, opposition to 'forever wars' is [...]

2019-11-08T15:29:50-05:00November 6, 2019|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Mike Singh writes with Dana Stroul in The Hill: “Withdrawal of Troops Must Not End U.S. Involvement with Syria”

"The hasty withdrawal of most U.S. forces from Syria not only has immediate and grave implications for the safety of America’s erstwhile Kurdish partners and the fight against ISIS, but the United States also has ceded its single greatest source of leverage to broker an end to the conflict: the remaining one-third of Syrian territory not under the control of President Bashar al-Assad and Russia. "With American forces withdrawing under pressure — from a NATO ally, no less — the instinct [...]

2019-10-25T12:13:42-04:00October 24, 2019|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Mike Singh on KCRW’s Left, Right & Center podcast, “Who Wins from the Syria Ceasefire?”

"The situation in Syria changed quickly this week. A five-day cease-fire, which Turkey is calling a 'pause,' negotiated by Vice President Mike Pence, seemed to be barely holding up less than 24 hours after it was announced. President Trump considers the agreement a victory, but some members of the GOP disagree. Mike Singh of the Washington Institute joins the panel to talk about who the winners were from the agreement. Hint: it wasn’t the Kurds..." Read the full article here: Full [...]

2019-10-25T12:25:21-04:00October 18, 2019|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Mike Singh quoted in POLITICO article, “Ghosts of Iraq Hang Over Trump’s Chest-Thumping on Iran”

“‘From my experience, there is always skepticism in this type of scenario, when you’re announcing a conclusion based on intelligence you can’t share,' said Michael Singh, managing director at the Washington Institute, who worked in the George W. Bush White House. 'And it’s something that really bedevils policymakers...’" Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-03-06T11:47:02-05:00September 18, 2019|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Mike Singh quoted in The Financial Times article, “With Iran and The West Escalating Tensions, Can War be Avoided?”

"Mike Singh, a former Bush administration official, said deterring Iranian attacks would be difficult because the regime appeared to have concluded that Mr. Trump was wary of taking military action. “'Normally you deter by making them worry about devastating cost. But they are already experiencing devastating cost and Trump has made clear he doesn’t want to go the military route, so Iran might feel it has got nothing to lose,' Mr. Singh said..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2019-08-22T12:36:59-04:00July 19, 2019|News|

Mike Singh quoted in The Economist article, “Iran is blowing up ships in the Gulf, says America”

"...'Ordinarily the fact that the US wasn’t directly targeted and there were no casualties would give Washington some breathing room to respond,' says Michael Singh of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think-tank. 'However, because the free flow of energy is of such vital importance to the world economy, there is a need to show a determination to secure the straits while calming fears of a conflict.'...” Read the full article here: Full Article

2019-08-22T12:20:24-04:00June 14, 2019|News|
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