The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Framework” for the Middle East?

February 02, 2018

Imagining viable “frameworks” for politics in the Middle East today requires a lot of creativity. Although the Islamic State (IS) is no longer a direct military threat and has lost control over any significant territory, the Syrian War is far from over. In late January, Turkey attacked...

The World This Week: Is It the End of the Islamic State?

July 16, 2017

Even as Iraq’s prime minister struts around Mosul, fresh troubles lie ahead unless reform, reconciliation and reconstruction succeed. This week, the Trump family saga rolled on. After Ivanka, a true Americana princess, sat briefly on daddy’s throne at the G20 summit, it is her brother’s...

Saudi Arabia’s Colliding Interests in Myanmar

April 18, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s support for the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar is expected to continue for some time. Despite Aung San Suu Kyi’s decades-old image as an embattled political prisoner and proponent of ardent reform as an opponent of the previous military government in Myanmar, her new role...

King Salman’s Return to Brunei Two Decades Later

March 20, 2017

Saudi Arabia and Brunei are likely to bring their bilateral relationship to new heights as both nations face the challenge of transforming their economies away from oil and gas. Earlier this month, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud became the first Saudi monarch to visit the Sultanate of Brunei...

President Trump Should Invest in Southern Syria’s Rebels

By increasing its investment in the Southern Front, the Trump administration can secure some of the most important areas of Syria. The Syrian opposition movement has come to an inflection point from which it will be irreversibly changed—with significant consequences for the stability of the...