The Dismantling of the Middle East State System


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  

The Limits of EU Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf


by Eldar Mamedov In line with the EU policy of balanced engagement with Saudi Arabia and Iran, a group of senior EU lawmakers visited both Riyadh and Tehran last week, with a stopover in Kuwait. The delegation was led by… Continue Reading  

Arab Neoconservatives and Peace in the Persian Gulf


by Eldar Mamedov  Recent years have seen a rise of what could be described as Arab neoconservatives: ambitious leaders such as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed.… Continue Reading  

Big Surprise: Rich Globalists Love Trump


by John Feffer As a candidate, Donald Trump enjoyed pillorying the globalists. “We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism,” he said in his first major speech on foreign policy in April 2016. By… Continue Reading  

Iranian Missiles and Fake News 


by Eldar Mamedov Apparently even seemingly respectable media outlets occasionally peddle fake news at service of a particular political agenda, with the aim of creating a massive echo chamber that would make it appear to be “real news.” Such was… Continue Reading