Iran’s Problems with America Won’t End with Trump’s Departure

John Kerry and Javad Zarif (U.S. State Department via Flickr)

by Shireen T. Hunter According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait… Continue Reading  

An Unending U.S. War in Syria

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by Paul R. Pillar Amid a week of attention-grabbing drama about the dysfunction of Donald Trump’s presidency, it almost escaped notice that his administration is putting U.S. troops in harm’s way in a foreign war for a new purpose—a purpose… Continue Reading  

Might a Beleaguered Trump Go to War…Against Iran?

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by Jim Lobe Let’s assume for a minute—and it’s a perfectly reasonable assumption under the circumstances—that President Trump’s political problems and popularity only get worse over the next months, both before and after the elections. What with anonymous “senior officials,”… Continue Reading  

Washington Gets It Wrong in Middle East…Again

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl with members of the US-supported school parliament at the UNRWA Girls’ School in Jalazone refugee camp, West Bank, December 13, 2015. (Department of State).

by Robert E. Hunter By announcing this past week that it is cutting off all U.S. support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), the Trump administration knocked the props from… Continue Reading  

Yemen War Challenges Saudi Moral Authority

Anti-war protest in London (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr)

By James M. Dorsey Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges… Continue Reading