Netanyahu Reaches for the Extreme

Otzma Yehudit

by Paul R. Pillar The direct, and still extreme, descendant of a U.S.-listed foreign terrorist organization is in position to become part of the next ruling coalition of Israel, and it has been put in that position at the urging… Continue Reading  

Does Egypt Execution Spree Rest on Coerced Confessions?

egypt-prison

by Joe Stork Egypt’s February 20 execution of nine men brought the total number of judicial executions so far this month to at least 15. The nine had been convicted for their alleged roles in the June 2015 car-bomb assassination… Continue Reading  

Policing Democrats for Israel

Mark Mellman

by Mitchell Plitnick On Wednesday, after days of cajoling and political arm-twisting from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Jewish Home party agreed to enter into coalition with an extremist party, Otzma Yehudit, or “Jewish Power.” As the name implies,… Continue Reading  

Greening Kuwait

Shagaya Renewable Energy Park

by Austin Bodetti Kuwait would seem to have little in common with the environmental movement at first glance. Like its neighbors in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait depends on exporting fossil fuels to power its economy. The country joined Russia, Saudi… Continue Reading  

Is the United Arab Emirates Really Our Friend?

Mike Pompeo meets with Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (State Department via Flickr)

by William D. Hartung Unlike Saudi Arabia, which has been strongly rebuked for its murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its strikes against civilians in Yemen, the other major U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has… Continue Reading