Can the GCC Survive the Qatar Crisis?

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by Derek Davison  Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It was on June 5, 2017, that four nations—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Sanctions Will Hurt Iran, But How Much?

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by Derek Davison Even after Donald Trump decided to violate the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) by reimposing U.S. sanctions against Iran, he had a range of options. He could, for example, have started small… Continue Reading  

Trump Shoots, the Rest of Us Ask Questions

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by Derek Davison Late Friday evening in Washington (Saturday morning in Syria), U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States, Great Britain, and France had launched joint airstrikes in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical… Continue Reading  

Trump Orders Strikes on Syria

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by Derek Davison Late Friday evening Washington time, President Donald Trump announced in a televised address that he has ordered the U.S. military, in conjunction with the armed forces of the United Kingdom and France, “to launch precision strikes on… Continue Reading  

The Limits of Mohammad bin Salman’s Vision

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by Derek Davison Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s arrival in the United States has coincided with a very carefully managed public relations blitz intended to portray him as a visionary leader shepherding Saudi Arabia into a new era of… Continue Reading