Biden’s Policy Shift on Yemen Rings Alarm Bells in Riyadh

Apr 19, 2021

At the beginning of February, the Biden administration made two relevant decisions on Yemen with far-reaching consequences for the country and US policy in the Arabian Peninsula. The first announcement concerned the end of US support for "offensive operations" conducted by the Saudi-led coalition...

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame
Mar 10, 2021

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?
Feb 26, 2021

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It’s Too Late
Feb 25, 2021

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It's Too Late

Working Together Toward Peace in Yemen

Working Together Toward Peace in Yemen

Feb 11, 2021

Nothing in recent memory could have possibly done more damage to America’s relations with the Yemeni people and to its image in the region than Washington’s support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The conflict produced the worst manmade catastrophe — one that never had to...

The Iran Deal vs. the Logic of History

The Iran Deal vs. the Logic of History

Feb 10, 2021

The Associated Press offers an update on the standoff between the US and Iran over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran deal, from which Donald Trump as president spectacularly withdrew the US in 2018. Trump committed an act of pure will, with no serious legal...

Will the US and Iran Meet Jaw to Jaw?

Will the US and Iran Meet Jaw to Jaw?

Feb 08, 2021

On February 4, US President Joe Biden visited the US State Department, located down the street from the White House. He went to deliver a foreign policy message much needed by the men and women of that department and the nation. His audience was a receptive one, not surprising given that nearly...

Unchanged or Unchained: What’s in Store for the JCPOA?

Unchanged or Unchained: What’s in Store for the JCPOA?

Feb 02, 2021

When any new US president is inaugurated, especially when there is a change of party, the world expects some kind of serious change. Despite the fact that since 1992 every change of president has seen a change of the party in power, continuity has been the most consistent feature of those moments...

JCPOA 2.0: A Pinch of Hope and a Dose of Reality

JCPOA 2.0: A Pinch of Hope and a Dose of Reality

Jan 28, 2021

On January 18, in an interview with Bloomberg, Qatari Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, speaking in the wake of the settlement of the Gulf feud, took the opportunity to argue that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should sit down with Tehran. “The...

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

Jan 14, 2021

In November 2020, the Saudi Association of Senior Scholars, a government-directed mouthpiece on religious affairs, issued a fatwa (religious edict) declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In the fatwa, the scholars stated, among other reasons, that the Brotherhood seeks to...

Saudi-Qatar Reconciliation Provides New Opportunities for the Biden Administration

Saudi-Qatar Reconciliation Provides New Opportunities for the Biden Administration

Jan 07, 2021

The incoming Biden administration was presented with a most welcome development when it was announced on January 4 that an agreement has been reached to end the three-year rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. On November 27, the Financial Times carried...

US Sanctions Miss the Mark in Yemen

US Sanctions Miss the Mark in Yemen

Dec 22, 2020

In mid-November, Washington threatened to list the Iran-linked Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization. The announcement stirred instant condemnation from international aid agencies but was praised by officials of the legitimate government of Yemen and other Houthi opponents. Falling...

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Dec 14, 2020

Joe Biden was not elected for his positions on foreign policy and national security. Few US presidential candidates are. In his debates with outgoing President Donald Trump prior to the election, those issues were hardly discussed. So, the success or failure of the Biden presidency will not be...

Iran’s Revenge Against Israel Will Be a Long Game

Iran’s Revenge Against Israel Will Be a Long Game

Dec 04, 2020

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, shot to death by a remote-controlled weapon on November 27 in Iran’s capital Tehran, was the fifth nuclear scientist Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, has assassinated over the past 13 years. He joins a list of dozens killed by Israeli special forces over the...

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