The Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

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by Graham E. Fuller The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of… Continue Reading  

New U.S. Sanctions on Iran and Europe’s Response

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by Tyler Cullis It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there. This week, the Trump administration announced a new set of sanctions against some of Iran’s major industrial companies and financial institutions. This included Bank Parsian and Sina Bank—two private… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi Case: Saudi Arms Purchases Are No Valid Excuse

Mohammad bin Salman and Donald Trump (White House)

by Thomas W. Lippman What is President Trump waiting for? Amid the international uproar over the disappearance of a dissident Saudi Arabian journalist and his apparent murder by Saudi security agents, Trump has refrained from passing judgment on the Saudi… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Bogus Claims and the Fate of Mohammad bin Salman

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by Emile Nakhleh Anyone who follows how the tribal regimes in the Persian Gulf operate in their state-fiefdoms knows that no major decision—political, economic, social, military—is made domestically and internationally without the knowledge and approval of the senior leadership, particularly… Continue Reading  

Cutting Financial Aid to Pakistan May Not Bring Peace to Afghanistan

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by Fatemeh Aman A new report by the State Department on terrorism criticizes Pakistan for failing to prevent terrorist groups, especially the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network (HQN), from using Pakistan as a safe haven. But the reality is that… Continue Reading