Saudi Arabia’s Mission to Correct “Distorted Narrative”

Nov 23, 2020

The virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this past weekend was intended to be a moment of triumph for Riyadh and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It was the first time an Arab state has hosted the gathering, which represented a golden opportunity to flaunt on the global stage the...

Cautiously Optimistic: The Biden Administration’s Options in Yemen
Nov 16, 2020

Cautiously Optimistic: The Biden Administration’s Options in Yemen

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely
Nov 12, 2020

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely

Israel Will Continue Disregarding International Law
Nov 03, 2020

Israel Will Continue Disregarding International Law

Kuwait Succession: Keeping the Boat Steady in Troubled Waters

Kuwait Succession: Keeping the Boat Steady in Troubled Waters

Oct 30, 2020

On September 29, Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah passed away after ruling for 14 years. Messages of condolences flooded from all over the world to mourn a statesman who will be remembered as a respected mediator in a troubled region. After serving for 40 years as foreign minister,...

Does Saad Hariri Really Believe He Can Save Lebanon?

Does Saad Hariri Really Believe He Can Save Lebanon?

Oct 23, 2020

My parents used to say, “Eat with your mouth and not your eyes.” This may be good advice for newly-minted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. He is clearly unable to resist trying once again to raise Lebanon from its deathbed, and this time the consequences may be more disastrous than just a...

When It Comes to Israel, Saudi Arabia Is Playing an Astute Game

When It Comes to Israel, Saudi Arabia Is Playing an Astute Game

Oct 21, 2020

The lengthy interview that Prince Bandar bin Sultan gave to Al Arabiya English has been the subject of much commentary. On October 9, the BBC weighed in with an article headlined “Signs Saudis Edging Toward Historic Peace Deal.” Analysis by security correspondent Frank...

Will Idlib Be the Final Move on Syria’s Chessboard?

Will Idlib Be the Final Move on Syria’s Chessboard?

Oct 15, 2020

Recent rumblings portend a grim new episode for Syria’s Idlib province. Stretching along the northwestern border with Turkey, Idlib became the last redoubt of forces that oppose President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, namely Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the National Liberation Front,  when...

The Abraham Accords: A Chance to Rethink the Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Abraham Accords: A Chance to Rethink the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Oct 08, 2020

German facilitation of the first meeting between the Israeli and Emirati foreign ministers on October 6 is a welcome change in the European attitude toward the Abraham Accords, which are viewed very differently in Europe than in the Middle East. In the region, supporters...

US Must Call Out Egypt Over Human Rights Record

US Must Call Out Egypt Over Human Rights Record

Oct 07, 2020

In 2013, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was overthrown in a military coup. At the same time, the 2012 Egyptian Constitution was suspended. Shortly after, in 2014, the former defense minister and commander of the armed forces, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a...

How the US Can Win Back Clout in Syria

How the US Can Win Back Clout in Syria

Oct 06, 2020

The humanitarian crisis in northeastern Syria is well documented. Nonetheless, despite the devastation that has occurred and the likely peril that is soon to come, pleas from aid groups, journalists and refugees have not been enough to move policymakers to take action. One reason for this is that...

Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future

Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future

Sep 30, 2020

Mauritania is rarely in the news. A member of the Arab League, it shares with its southern neighbor Senegal a large offshore gas field that promises to bring a potentially huge windfall to the impoverished northwest African nation. The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field sits in the Atlantic Ocean off...

The US Must Support Sudan’s Path to Democracy

The US Must Support Sudan's Path to Democracy

In the aftermath of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain formalizing diplomatic relations with Israel on August 13 and September 11, respectively, many experts predict that Sudan will be the next Arab state to follow suit. The main reason for this pertains to the fact that the Trump administration...

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

Sep 24, 2020

Ceasefires in Syria come and go, and so do the meetings between the outside players who hold it in their hands to determine if an end to the country’s 9-year civil war is in sight. The most recent meeting in Ankara between Turkish and Russian military officers was intended to discuss...

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