Turkey’s New Role in the Middle East Divides the Arab World

Jul 12, 2019

When Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) ascended to power in 2002, Ankara’s foreign policy in the Middle East was extremely different from what it is today. From the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 until the beginning of this century, the ideology and stances of Mustafa...

Let’s Compare Iran’s Threat to a Few Others
Jun 25, 2019

Let’s Compare Iran’s Threat to a Few Others

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold
Jun 24, 2019

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold

It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat
Jun 21, 2019

It's Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat

Bombs, Then Food: Saudi Arabia’s Humanitarian Strategy in Yemen

Bombs, Then Food: Saudi Arabia’s Humanitarian Strategy in Yemen

Riyadh’s strategy of breaking down Yemen without allowing it to collapse entirely now provides the kingdom with more opportunities to lead its reconstruction. Yemen’s population is enduring extreme living conditions with little chance of a positive change on the horizon. According to the World...

Trump Is Wrong to Think He Can Force Iran to Its Knees

Trump Is Wrong to Think He Can Force Iran to Its Knees

Jun 20, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to former US Ambassador Dennis Jett. Tensions between Tehran and Washington have been escalating for some time now. In the most recent episode, two commercial tankers were damaged by mysterious explosions in the Gulf of Oman on June 13,...

Iran Has Learned How to Play Trump

Iran Has Learned How to Play Trump

Jun 19, 2019

Iran’s attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz were a sacrifice to lure Washington into a draw. Iran’s botched operation in the Strait of Hormuz, in which the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) navy nearly got caught in the act of mining two tankers, brought the world to the...

Can We Trust Pompeo’s Unmistakable Certainty on Iran?

Can We Trust Pompeo’s Unmistakable Certainty on Iran?

Jun 19, 2019

Mike Pompeo has “no doubt” that Iran is guilty of attacking the tankers in the Gulf of Oman, while the rest of the world is left wondering. Seeking to understand where US policy on events in the Persian Gulf are likely to lead, Fox News journalist Chis Wallace asked Secretary of State Mike...

For Iran, Options Are Few and Prospects Are Grim

For Iran, Options Are Few and Prospects Are Grim

Jun 18, 2019

After last week’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, Tehran will need to undertake a sober assessment of its options, which are few, and its prospects, which only get worse. Last week’s attacks on two oil tankers outside the Strait of Hormuz show that for now Tehran is choosing from a very...

Tories Ready to Stand Up for Trump and Bolton

Tories Ready to Stand Up for Trump and Bolton

Jun 17, 2019

Accusing Jeremy Corbyn of betraying the wise policies of Trump’s US and Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia, Tory headliners redefine the UK’s sense of moral purpose.  As the Iran crisis begins resembling Iraq in 2003 — which not surprisingly resembled Vietnam in 1965 — the UK is...

Not All Terrorists Want to Claim Responsibility for Attacks

Not All Terrorists Want to Claim Responsibility for Attacks

Jun 12, 2019

Why would right-wing terrorists decide not to claim responsibility for their crimes? In Germany, there has been an ongoing public debate as to whether radical-right terrorists take responsibility for their crimes, particularly after the radical-right terrorist group Nationalsozialistischer...

A War with US Will Destroy Iran’s Reformist Movement

A War with US Will Destroy Iran’s Reformist Movement

Jun 04, 2019

The portrayal of the United States as a hostile adversary has helped hard-line conservatives to maintain their position within Iran's political system over the past 40 years. In the first week of May, the Trump administration accelerated the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the...

Does the US Have a Long-Term Iran Strategy?

Does the US Have a Long-Term Iran Strategy?

Jun 03, 2019

For four decades, relations between Iran and the United States have been marked by misunderstandings, tensions and enmity. The two countries seem to find it impossible to settle their differences and engage with each other on a basis of mutual respect. Reckless decisions by the leaders of the two...

The Mecca Summits: Is Something Going On?

The Mecca Summits: Is Something Going On?

Jun 01, 2019

For three days starting May 30, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz hosts Arab and Muslim leaders of countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Arab League and Organization of the Islamic Conference. The gathering was ostensibly called to address the region’s many issues, inter alia,...

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