India Must Be Included in the Afghan Peace Process

Aug 07, 2019

Despite being a key contributor to rebuilding Afghanistan, India was elbowed out from the four-party meeting held in Beijing in July to advance the Afghan peace process. Earlier talks with the Taliban in Doha and Moscow already hinted at the sidelining of New Delhi from future peacebuilding...

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

US Education’s Discomfort with Teaching History
Jun 21, 2019

US Education’s Discomfort with Teaching History

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

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

Jun 21, 2019

Attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman are an effort to signal to the rest of the world that no one is beyond Iran’s reach. There is a tendency in Western policymaking circles to view the consequences of Iran’s actions as being confined to the Middle East. Recent attacks on oil...

Will AI Swing the 2020 Election?

Will AI Swing the 2020 Election?

Jun 21, 2019

Deepfake technology undermines any hope of once again conducting national conversations on the basis of observable reality. Imagine, on the day before the 2020 presidential election, that someone posts a video of the Democratic candidate talking before a group of donors. The candidate admits to...

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...

The UN Offers Mohammed bin Salman a New Distraction

The UN Offers Mohammed bin Salman a New Distraction

Jun 20, 2019

Contrary to his hopes and expectations that the world might eventually forget if not forgive, Mohammed bin Salman still appears to have a journalist’s blood on his hands, according to the UN’s special rapporteur. The sleepwalking Lady Macbeth pertinently observed in a text that Saudi Crown...

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 brink...

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...

Who Can Beat Trump in 2020?

Who Can Beat Trump in 2020?

Jun 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...

A Constitutional Crisis in Moldova Produces an Unexpected Alliance

A Constitutional Crisis in Moldova Produces an Unexpected Alliance

Jun 18, 2019

Russia and the West seem to be on the same page when it comes to the resolution of the political crisis in Moldova. Moldova is overcoming its most serious political crisis since its independence from the Soviet Union, which ensued when the incumbent Democratic Party refused to step down despite...

UAE Attracts AI Investment Due to Flexibility

UAE Attracts AI Investment Due to Flexibility

Jun 18, 2019

As the AI industry develops, it is without a doubt that the United Arab Emirates will continue to make tech headlines. Pragmatic countries eying long-term economic sustainability know they must invest in technology amid an expected explosion of artificial intelligence (AI). According to a report...

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...

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