Lebanon Dances On The Edge Of The Abyss

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri

by Imad K. Harb Once again, Lebanon has reminded everyone that it remains a subject of serious concern. It has just celebrated its 75th birthday as an independent country; yet its development and future remain hostage to domestic divisions between… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia, Armaments And Conflict In The Middle East

Donald Trump displays a chart of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

by Pieter D. Wezeman Throughout the Middle East, many governments have placed a heavy emphasis on military force as a central tool for pursuing their political agendas and foreign policy aims and for dealing with perceived threats internally and abroad. Many… Continue Reading  

Yemen Needs a UN Security Council Resolution

Antonio Guterres and Martin Griffiths (UN)

by Peter Salisbury The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has brought together representatives of the internationally recognized government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels for a week of daily meetings in Sweden in what he cautiously… Continue Reading  

Will India Help Iran Avert Sanctions-Related Medical Crisis?

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by Aveek Sen, Mojtaba Mousavi, and Udayan Tandan Zeinab, the mother of a four-year-old girl suffering from blood cancer, says that “Mina has been under medication for nearly five months. The doctor had prescribed her pills recently and Mina has… Continue Reading  

Europe Loses if the Iran Deal Collapses

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by Tarja Cronberg Iran is not the only loser if the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) collapses. A collapse may be near given the U.S. exit from the deal, and U.S. sanctions not only… Continue Reading