Will Iraq Realign Toward Saudi Arabia in 2018?

January 17, 2018

Saudi Arabia is focusing not only on forging political ties with Iraq, but also on strengthening bilateral trade and economic links. Since King Salman ascended to the throne three years ago, Saudi foreign policy has become increasingly muscular, underscored by the ongoing crises in Yemen and...

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...

Is Trump Getting America Ready for War?

March 24, 2017

Donald Trump apparently wants to put the US on a permanent war footing to sustain his unpopular presidency. So, let me see if I’ve got this right. North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive...