The Future of Jerusalem Matters to Us All

May 13, 2021

No city in the world has seized the imagination or captivated the soul in the way that Jerusalem has. Revered by more than half the world's population, Jerusalem is the beating heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is a city widely held to have been inhabited by the Jebusites, long before...

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake
May 12, 2021

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake

Israel Must Accept ICC Jurisdiction Over Palestine
May 06, 2021

Israel Must Accept ICC Jurisdiction Over Palestine

What the UAE-Turkey Rivalry Means for Europe’s Energy Security
Apr 30, 2021

What the UAE-Turkey Rivalry Means for Europe’s Energy Security

What Will It Take for MBS to Rehabilitate His Image?

What Will It Take for MBS to Rehabilitate His Image?

Apr 28, 2021

On April 10, the Saudi Ministry of Defense announced the execution of three soldiers after what it called a “fair trial” in a specialist court. The men were convicted and sentenced to death for the crimes of “high treason” and “cooperating with the enemy.” Aside from the...

Iraq’s Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

Iraq's Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

Apr 28, 2021

On April 14, a Turkish military base in Bashiqa, some 20 kilometers northeast of Mosul in northern Iraq, was a target of a missile strike that killed a Turkish soldier. The attack happened on the same day that an explosives-laden drone targeted Erbil International Airport in the Kurdistan Region...

Israel Is the Rock on Which US Foreign Policy Is Built

Israel Is the Rock on Which US Foreign Policy Is Built

Apr 27, 2021

International military cooperation can take many forms. When pushed to the extreme, it can even turn into its opposite. What was meant to protect from danger can sometimes become the fact that precipitates an unwanted conflict. For that reason, most nations now seek to avoid the once popular idea...

Western Sahara: Washington’s Accidental Red Line

Western Sahara: Washington’s Accidental Red Line

Apr 26, 2021

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has made one thing clear about the Trump administration’s approach to US foreign policy: It’s going to change. In his first month on the job, Secretary Blinken rescinded former President Donald Trump’s designation of the Houthis as a terrorist group,...

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

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...

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Apr 14, 2021

Sports governance worldwide has had its legs knocked out from under it. Yet national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. Tectonic plates underlying the guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a...

How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan

How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan

Apr 09, 2021

Sudan has been at the center of the diverging interests of wealthy Gulf states for many years. Having been close allies of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar had longstanding business, military and political interests in the country...

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

Apr 01, 2021

MSNBC’s star journalist Rachel Maddow was ready to break the news but hesitated when certain insiders worried that, if the accusation was not borne out by verifiable facts, the reaction might further damage the reputation of a news organization whose ratings have been plummeting for the past two...

Mohammed bin Salman’s Neom: A Case of Giga-Narcissism

Mohammed bin Salman’s Neom: A Case of Giga-Narcissism

Mar 31, 2021

Despite rumors to the contrary due to the somewhat soiled reputation of a leader better known for, according to US intelligence, commanding the murder of a Washington Post journalist than his contribution to the future of humankind, Business Insider reassuringly reports that “work is pressing...

Turkey Doubles Down on Hard Power

Turkey Doubles Down on Hard Power

Mar 30, 2021

A few years ago, the very notion of Turkish foreign military interventions would have seemed extraordinary. The Turkish republic has been, for most of its history, determinedly introspective. Until the 20th century, it was largely disengaged from its immediate neighborhood, favoring ties with the...

Load More