The process of obtaining a security clearance for the United States government is at times laborious and frustrating. That is the case partly by design and partly by a combination of bureaucratic infighting and a massive increase of positions needing clearances since 2001.
United States policy in Syria has been at odds with itself since the war began in 2011. Recently, the U.S. has tried to reposition some rebel groups from fighting the Assad regime to fighting the so-called Islamic State.
Some issues that make news globally are less significant than they initially appear. The Chinese Communist Party abolishing its two-term limit for the country’s president and vice president is likely more significant than it appears.
United States economic sanctions currently target not less than 20 countries, as well as thousands of individuals and entities and hundreds of aircraft and vessels. Authority for these sanctions, overseen primarily by the Treasury Department, flows from a range of statutes and Executive Orders.
On February 19, Israel announced that it had reached a deal that would send $15 billion in natural gas from its Tamar and Leviathan gas fields to the Egyptian company Dolphinus Holdings.