The “Right” Stuff: Israel and the EU Elections


by Marsha B. Cohen In the European Parliamentary election, Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front (FN) “stunned France’s political elite on Sunday by taking first place,” reported Reuters. “It was the first time the anti-immigrant, anti-EU party had won a nationwide… Continue Reading  

Realism about the Obama Doctrine


by Diana L. Ohlbaum “Speak loudly and carry a small stick.” That pretty much sums up the advice provided by a steady stream of withering critics of President Obama’s foreign policy. Spurred by off-the-cuff remarks the president made at a… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu Seizes Upon Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting


by Mitchell Plitnick On May 24, an unidentified shooter opened fire at the Jewish museum in Brussels, killing four people.  Two of the victims were Israelis, and the other two remain unidentified, other than being described as a volunteer and… Continue Reading  

What’s Going On In Saudi Arabia?


by Thomas W. Lippman An Arabic-speaking friend who has been doing business in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf for decades and seems to know everyone there invited me to lunch the other day.  He wanted to know if I could… Continue Reading  

Will a Reassuring IAEA Picture Influence US-Iran Negotiations?


by Peter Jenkins The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), issued on May 23, suggests a determined and so far impressive effort by Iran to dispel suspicion of its nuclear intentions. Tehran is complying fully with its… Continue Reading