Trump: Cherry-Picking International Law

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by Derek Davison In drafting a resolution seeking to condemn Iran for its role in Yemen’s ongoing civil war, the United States—along with its UN Security Council allies Britain and France—seems to have cherry-picked information from a UN report that… Continue Reading  

The Dismantling of the Middle East State System

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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

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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  

The Forgotten Benefits of Deterrence

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by Paul R. Pillar During the Cold War, no concept was more central to U.S. national security strategy and to the relationship between the superpowers than deterrence. The concept long predates the Cold War, of course, but during that four-decade… Continue Reading  

Buttering Up the Pentagon

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by Danny Sjursen Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats… Continue Reading