What a Serial Traveler Thinks of Iran

Sep 30, 2020

Iran’s unpopular quest for nuclear energy has dominated news headlines for decades. This has left little room for reporting on less-discussed topics about the country. One of these is tourism. At a time of a pandemic, Iran continues to face grueling international sanctions and domestic...

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level
Sep 18, 2020

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

What Iran Can Learn From Saudi Arabia
Aug 31, 2020

What Iran Can Learn From Saudi Arabia

Trump’s Failure in the Middle East
Aug 19, 2020

Trump’s Failure in the Middle East

Is Trump Preparing a Pre-Election Surprise?

Is Trump Preparing a Pre-Election Surprise?

Aug 14, 2020

In 2016, Alan Lichtman departed from conventional wisdom to predict a Donald Trump victory in that year’s presidential election. The political scientist was following something he called the “13 keys to the White House.” Using this relatively straightforward metric, Lichtman had correctly...

Israel-UAE Deal: Arab States Are Tired of Waiting on Palestine

Israel-UAE Deal: Arab States Are Tired of Waiting on Palestine

Aug 14, 2020

The August 13 announcement of normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates breaks the quarter-century standstill in Arab-Israeli relations and shows that Arab states will no longer hold their interests hostage to the long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations....

The Struggle Against a WMD Black Market

The Struggle Against a WMD Black Market

Aug 12, 2020

As of August 12, over 746,000 have died as a result of COVID-19 worldwide, with infections topping 20 million. Some experts are talking about the beginning of de-globalization, and economists are predicting a recession worse than the Great Depression. Both American defense and intelligence...

Annexation or No Annexation, Little Will Change in Israel-GCC Relations

Annexation or No Annexation, Little Will Change in Israel-GCC Relations

Jul 27, 2020

It is important to question how the proposed Israeli annexation of 30% to 40% of the West Bank could impact Tel Aviv’s relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Although it is impossible to safely predict how regional dynamics would change if the annexation goes ahead, there are...

India Must Abandon Nehru’s Failed Non-Aligned Policy to Confront China

India Must Abandon Nehru’s Failed Non-Aligned Policy to Confront China

Jul 22, 2020

Troops from India and China have clashed this year in Ladakh and North Sikkim at the border between the two countries. Although there are immediate reasons for the clash, the deeper causes of India’s border disputes with both China and Pakistan are its post-independence historic blunders. India...

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Jul 08, 2020

The appointment of the new Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, could have significant implications for the country’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has heavily meddled in Iraq’s affairs post-2003. Kadhimi was serving as the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence...

The Successes and Failures of Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy

The Successes and Failures of Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy

May 25, 2020

Donald J. Trump secured the presidency of the United States through a victory in a contentious election. His win was owed to the US Electoral College — not the popular vote. This was the case when George W. Bush won the electoral college over Al Gore’s popular win in 2000 that triggered a...

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

May 07, 2020

In late March, the US-led coalition, operating under the auspices of Operation Inherent Resolve, announced that it was relocating most of its personnel and equipment out of Iraq. By early April, the coalition already completed the transfer of four major bases hosting US-led troops back to Iraqi...

Hate in the Time of Coronavirus

Hate in the Time of Coronavirus

May 07, 2020

There is no part of the globe that has not been affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing, over 200 countries and territories have reported outbreaks as the global number of confined COVID-19 cases continues its steady march towards 4 million. But there is another pandemic...

What Departing From Iraq Would Mean

What Departing From Iraq Would Mean

May 06, 2020

In January, the US assassinated two crucial military figures — Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) — on Iraqi territory. This led the Iraqi parliament to vote in favor of the departure of all foreign forces...

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