Derek Davison

Derek Davison

Derek Davison is a Washington-based researcher and writer on international affairs and American politics. He has Master's degrees in Middle East Studies from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in Iranian history and policy, and in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied American foreign policy and Russian/Cold War history.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
White House Syria Statement Raises Eyebrows
The Trump administration may be gearing up for another military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military. Late in the day on Monday, the White House released the following statement : The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by...
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
Deputy NSC Advisor Pick McFarland: Treat Middle Easterners Like Kids
On Friday, Donald Trump’s transition team announced that Fox News national security analyst Kathleen Troia McFarland will serve as his Deputy National Security Advisor, working under National Security Advisor–designate Michael Flynn . McFarland previously served on Gerald Ford’s National Security...
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Bolton, Giuliani: Finalists to Head Trump State Department
The election of any new president brings some uncertainty about how that president’s administration will govern. But the uncertainty surrounding the incoming Donald Trump administration is greater than usual, for the simple reason that Trump was remarkably unclear and self-contradictory throughout...
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The Latest Syrian Ceasefire
Raising hopes for an end to, or at least a pause in, the devastating Syrian civil war, a ceasefire negotiated last week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov went into effect on September 12. The deal, which Kerry termed a potential “turning point” in the...
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Monday, May 09, 2016
Neoconservatism and the Trump Effect
With Texas Senator Ted Cruz suspending his campaign following Tuesday’s Indiana primary and Ohio Governor John Kasich suspending his campaign the following day, little stands between reality TV star Donald Trump and the Republican nomination. With Hillary Clinton now a strong favorite to with the...
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Friday, March 18, 2016
Ted Cruz’s Team of Islamophobes
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), one of the three remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, is unveiling his national security team today, and Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake was able to preview some of its members for his readers this morning. Calling the group “an unlikely team...
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Saturday, May 09, 2015
Saudi Arabia and Turkey Rejoin Hands in Syria
A recent Associated Press report filed makes clear that the recent successes of Syria’s rebel Army of Conquest (JAF, after its Arabic name, Jaysh al-Fatah ) have been enabled by a thaw in relations between two US allies in the region: Saudi Arabia and Turkey. From the report: The two countries—one...
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Sunday, March 09, 2014
Ukraine Primer (Part II): Developments Through March 9
This is the second in a series of primers on the fast-moving situation in Ukraine, and covers events from March 2 through March 9. For more background on the situation, please see part 1 . Summary of Recent Events
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