The Real Costs of Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem


by Zaha Hassan During his meeting with the Israeli prime minister last week, President Trump told reporters that moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will only cost US taxpayers $250,000 rather than the billion-dollar price tag he… Continue Reading  

Jordan Threads the Needle Between Moscow and Washington


by Shehab Al-Makahleh and Maria Al-Makahleh King Abdullah II of Jordan visited Moscow on February 15 to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin and senior Russian officials as well as clergymen. Jordan feels isolated because of the Jerusalem issue and… Continue Reading  

Selling Trumpism to Skeptical Arabs


by Emile Nakhleh Vice President Mike Pence’s recent visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel was a stark reminder of the diplomatic and public-relations dilemma facing President Trump’s policy and America’s standing in the region. Pence’s efforts to sell the president’s… Continue Reading  

Jerusalem: A High Price for an Unnecessary Move


by Rana Allam As the lights in the building of the Arab League in Cairo remain off, the streets of many Arab cities are alight with protests. In Cairo as in Palestine, security forces used force to disperse protesters, and… Continue Reading  

Poll: Middle Easterners Want Good Relations with U.S., Russia


by Derek Davison A new survey from Zogby Research Services (ZRS) finds that large majorities across the Middle East want their governments to get along with both the United States and Russia, despite their hostility toward both countries’ involvement in… Continue Reading