Trump Drones On

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by Rebecca Gordon They are like the camel’s nose, lifting a corner of the tent. Don’t be fooled, though. It won’t take long until the whole animal is sitting inside, sipping your tea and eating your sweets. In countries around… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadr with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Saudi Press Agency)

by International Crisis Group Saudi Arabia is re-engaging with Iraq after nearly a quarter-century of broken ties. The rapprochement began in 2016, sharply accelerated in mid-2017 and stands to move even faster after Iraq’s general elections in May 2018, particularly… Continue Reading  

Pompeo’s Demands On Iran at Odds with Reality

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by Seyed Hossein Mousavian Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out a list of demands on Iran in a speech threatening to “crush” the country on Monday. His bellicose words come weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the United States… Continue Reading  

Obsession with Iran Destabilizes the Middle East

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by Eldar Mamedov The Trump administration has used rolling back Iran’s “malign” influence in the Middle East as a mantra to justify its aggressive approach to the country. The US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump and the Art of the Arms Deal

Protesting the arms trade (Campaign Against the Arms Trade via Flickr).

by William Hartung It’s one of those stories of the century that somehow never gets treated that way. For an astounding 25 of the past 26 years, the United States has been the leading arms dealer on the planet, at some moments… Continue Reading