Bahrain: Another Year of Deep State Repression

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by Emile Nakhleh This past year in Bahrain, much like those preceding it since the popular uprisings of 2011, was one of unending repression and persecution of human rights activists. Yet, the Trump administration and the British government, arguably two… Continue Reading  

Selling Trumpism to Skeptical Arabs

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by Emile Nakhleh Vice President Mike Pence’s recent visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel was a stark reminder of the diplomatic and public-relations dilemma facing President Trump’s policy and America’s standing in the region. Pence’s efforts to sell the president’s… Continue Reading  

Trump’s National Security Strategy and the Middle East: A Bridge to Nowhere

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by Emile Nakhleh President Trump’s new National Security Strategy and the negative reaction his announcement on Jerusalem has generated in the UN Security Council and General Assembly do not bode well for America’s relations with friendly Arab countries and the… Continue Reading  

The Challenge of Saudi-Israeli Intelligence-Sharing

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by Emile Nakhleh Saudi-Israeli relations, especially between their intelligence services, started several years back under the direction of Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and a former director of the Saudi national security council. These relations, however, accelerated significantly during… Continue Reading  

Tillerson’s Vanishing Act While the Middle East Is Burning

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by Emile Nakhleh Mohammad bin Salman’s (MbS) recent purge of his opponents in Saudi Arabia and his bellicose rhetoric toward Iran and Hezbollah threaten to plunge the region into more destructive military clashes. MbS’s bellicosity toward Iran and other state… Continue Reading