60 Minutes Imagines a Different War in Yemen

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by Derek Davison The November 19 episode of the CBS News program 60 Minutes devoted its first segment to covering the humanitarian atrocity taking place in Yemen. Or rather, it devoted its first segment to covering a fictional crisis loosely… Continue Reading  

How the GCC Blockade Reignited Qatar’s Nationalism

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by Nicolai Due-Gundersen On July 21, 2017, Qatar’s emir gave his first address since the start of a two-month blockade launched by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt. “The time has come for us to spare the… Continue Reading  

The Trump Effect in Gaza

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by Mitchell Plitnick The effects of Donald Trump’s trip last month to the Middle East continue to multiply. The focus, quite correctly has been on the breach between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. But the effects of the Saudis’ wooing of… Continue Reading  

Blundering Into Yet Another Middle East War

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by Jim Lobe and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio The Washington elite is waking up to the increasingly real possibility that the Trump administration may be moving the country into yet another Middle East war. And much more quickly than… Continue Reading  

Nurturing Extremism in Gaza

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by Paul R. Pillar The histories of many lands have repeatedly demonstrated two patterns in the relationship of extremism to political and economic conditions. One is that the combination of miserable economic circumstances and a lack of peaceful political channels… Continue Reading