There Is No Strain in US-Saudi Relations

June 17, 2020

The US decision to withdraw two of its four Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia, along with the 300 soldiers that operated them, has led to speculation about what lies behind the move. Some analysts have linked it to the kingdom’s oil policy, arguing that the decision is intended to...

Saudi Geopolitics Amid COVID-19 and the Oil Crisis

May 15, 2020

With West Texas Intermediate futures trading in negative territory for the first time in history, it seemed the market had finally come to terms with what experts had long warned: The world is running out of oil storage. With human movement restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, aviation...

What Will Post-Pandemic Economics Look Like?

May 01, 2020

You pay little attention to the systems of your body — circulatory, digestive, pulmonary — unless something goes wrong. These automatic systems ordinarily go about their business, like unseen clockwork, while you think about a vexing problem at work, drink your morning cup of coffee, walk up...

Making America Unsafe Again

February 28, 2020

Donald Trump is all about boundaries. At a personal level, he doesn’t like touching strangers for fear of infection. Politically, he makes no long-lasting close alliances. And geopolitically, he obsesses over strong borders: big walls, more stringent immigration requirements, tariffs...

Who Can Beat Trump in 2020?

June 19, 2019

For Democrats, the issue of paramount importance is identifying the person best suited to defeating Trump in November 2020. The United States of America is facing a constitutional crisis of an unparalleled magnitude. The Founding Fathers of the nation wisely created the executive, judicial and...

Don’t Forget Which Team America Supports

October 19, 2018

Mike Pompeo wants to make sure we don’t forget which team America supports in the Middle East. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. As the world awaits the “severe punishment” Donald Trump intends to mete out to Saudi Arabia and his friend Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the US appears to...

China’s Clout in the Middle East

May 02, 2018

The hardening of Middle Eastern fault lines is likely to make it difficult for China to remain aloof. Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that Beijing may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative ways that do not involve military or overt economic pressure. The...

Can Moscow Mediate Between Tehran and Riyadh?

October 25, 2017

The Middle East is in a process of a geopolitical makeover that could affect the region for decades to come. The recent Russian initiative to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia has come as a surprise and has left many questions about what Moscow could do in order to bridge the gap between...

The Arab Peace Initiative Gets Another Look

September 21, 2017

The resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states could literally reshape global international relations. In March, representatives of 21 Arab nations and Palestine met in Jordan for the 28th Summit of the Arab League. The agenda included the conflicts in Syria and...

Erdogan Adds Fuel to Fire: Expect a Hot Summer in Kashmir

May 07, 2017

During a visit to India, Erdogan offered to play peacemaker on Kashmir to boost his credentials as the leader of the Muslim world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ensured that the summer in Kashmir will be hotter than anticipated. While all indicators from the valley — with stone...

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