Can Trump and Erdogan Agree to Disagree on Syria’s Kurds?

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik Turkey and the US share certain common interests in the Syrian civil war, from defeating the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and checking Iran’s influence to calling for President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power.… Continue Reading  

Trump and the Yemeni Quagmire

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Shehab al-Makahleh On April 18, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman and other high-ranking officials in the kingdom as part of a regional trip, which also included… Continue Reading  

Trump Administration Sees Bahraini Crisis Through Saudi Lens

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by Giorgio Cafiero Throughout 2017, Bahrain’s six-year-old crisis has sharpened. Political space is narrowing as the authorities in Manama have upheld the dissolution of al-Wefaq Islamic Society (the country’s dominant Shi’ite opposition society) and kept its leader, Ali Salman, in… Continue Reading  

Malaysia’s Future Role in Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Military Alliance

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner Saudi King Salman is currently on a three-week tour across six Asian countries. The duration of the trip underscores the commercial and geopolitical importance which Saudi Arabia attributes to Asia. It comes at a… Continue Reading  

Will Trump and Putin See Eye-to-Eye on Libya?

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner As a result of Russia’s decisive military intervention in the Syrian crisis, the Kremlin is now pursuing an increasingly influential role across the Arab world. It is now eyeing Libya as well. Although Russia… Continue Reading