The Dismantling of the Middle East State System

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by Shireen Hunter Following the end of World War II, Middle Eastern countries consolidated their state structures. By contrast, over the last two decades, those structures have largely been dismantled. This process began in 2003 with the US-led invasion of… Continue Reading  

Iranian Leadership: Heed Warning Signs and Change Priorities

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by Shireen Hunter                Iran’s leadership, especially the hardliners, has attributed the latest protests in several major Iranian cities, including the capital Tehran, to plots by the enemies of Islam and the Iranian Revolution,… Continue Reading  

Why the Risk of War is Higher with Iran than North Korea

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by Shireen Hunter There is a fear that the United States might become embroiled in war in 2018 with Iran, North Korea, or possibly both. In view of the inflammatory rhetoric directed by the United States and North Korea toward… Continue Reading  

MbS: Pride Cometh Before the Fall?

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by Shireen Hunter Until only a few months ago, Saudi Arabia’s conduct of its domestic and foreign policies was largely characterized by a good deal of caution, a lack of bombast, and a respect for established traditions. One area where… Continue Reading  

The Real Causes of America’s Troubled Relations with Iran

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by Shireen Hunter      In his speech describing America’s new approach towards Iran, Donald Trump accused it of responsibility for just about all of the ills of the Middle East and South West Asia. He went as far as… Continue Reading