Afghanistan in 2017: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

By Pauli Järvenpä

President Donald Trump’s decision on 21 August 2017 to send an unspecified number of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan to continue assisting and training the Afghan national security forces and to expand counterterrorism operations in the country marks yet another effort to stabilize Afghanistan, at least enough to allow the Western coalition countries to withdraw their forces from the country.

Hypertension between Iran and the USA

By Irina Fedorova

In the first half of 2017 American-Iranian contradictions magnified. President Trump, in the course of his election campaign and after taking office, strongly condemned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian Nuclear Program (JCPOA) and repeatedly threatened to annul the «worst deal in history». This is largely due to his desire to dissociate himself from President Barack Obama foreign policy course by showing that it is completely untenable.