Trump’s Golan Declaration: Foolish and Dangerous

by Mitchell Plitnick You wouldn’t expect Twitter to be the outlet for sound policy announcements, and Donald Trump doesn’t disappoint. He uses the social media platform as his alternative to facing the media in press conferences, avoiding questions about his… Continue Reading  

Do Not Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Occupied Golan

by Imad K. Harb The Trump administration has just indirectly announced that it does not consider the Golan Heights to be Israeli-occupied territory. That announcement came in the annual human rights report of the US Department of State which called… Continue Reading  

Land Grabs and the Rules-Based Order

by Paul R. Pillar The main takeaway from the recent G-7 summit obviously is the striking damage to U.S.-allied relations from Donald Trump’s posturing and accusations about trade. Also worth assessing, however, is a different and milder disagreement between the… Continue Reading  

Painting Attack on Syria as Israeli “Retaliation”

by Gregory Shupak Israel claimed that it intercepted an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on Saturday, February 10; Iran denied that it had a drone there. Israel then bombed a Syrian airbase, saying it was the command-and-control center from which… Continue Reading  

Hyping the Iran Threat in the Middle East

by Charles D. Smith A drumbeat of warnings about an Iranian threat to Israel specifically, and American interests collaterally, has intensified in recent months. Alarmist articles by former and current New York Times reporters have hyped the threat of Tehran… Continue Reading