Can Sudan Manage Economic Discontent amid Volatile Geopolitics?


by Magnus Taylor There was guarded hope in Khartoum when the U.S. government removed many of its economic and trade sanctions on Sudan in October 2017. Officials thought Washington would move forward with normalising relations, the next step being to… Continue Reading  

Tempering Expectation with Realism in Mohammed bin Salman’s London Visit


by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s March 7 visit to London provides a fleeting opportunity for Britain’s embattled government to put aside for a day the chaotic uncertainty of the torturous Brexit negotiations and pursue its plan… Continue Reading  

Ceasefire in Syria—Now What?


by Robert E. Hunter The United Nation Security Council has agreed to a ceasefire in Syria, “a durable humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days throughout [the country].” Like all such agreements, it contains a lot of “ifs” and… Continue Reading  

Israeli Fear of Qatari Outreach to US Jews


by Mitchell Plitnick On January 31, the Israeli embassy in the United States stated that Israel did not approve of several right wing, pro-Israel American Jewish leaders meeting with senior officials, including the emir, of Qatar. “We oppose this outreach… Continue Reading  

Why Iran Is Not a Mideast Hegemon


by Adnan Tabatabai For many observers, Iran emerged as the major winner of Middle East developments in 2017. They saw a “new superpower” in the region now securing military victories “outside its own borders.” Although the dynamic in places like… Continue Reading