Recurring Regional Crisis: Blame Chessboard Diplomacy

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by Shireen T. Hunter    The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, apparently by order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has opened a debate on the wisdom of the West’s treatment of Saudi Arabia. This is but the latest… Continue Reading  

MbS: The New Saddam of Arabia?

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by Emile Nakhleh As Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has terrorized his opponents at home and abroad, fear has spread within the Saudi kingdom. Has he become the new Saddam of Arabia? As Iraq’s Saddam Hussein did in the 1980s, MbS is… Continue Reading  

Trump’s War Hysteria Against Iran Ignores Middle East Realities

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by Emile Nakhleh By threatening a devastating war against Iran, President Donald Trump’s recent response to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s benign statement about “the mother of all peace” and “the mother of all war” is another example of erratic and… Continue Reading  

Iraq Elections: A Step Toward Rebuilding Popular Power

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by David Bacon The U.S. media quickly dismissed the results of Iraq’s national elections on May 12. Journalists were puzzled by what the followers of Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) might have in common, and even more,… Continue Reading  

Why Iran Should Disentangle Itself from Middle East Conflicts

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by Shireen T. Hunter    Throughout the last seven decades, Iran’s direct or indirect involvement in Middle-East-related issues has been a source of difficulties for its foreign relations and domestic politics. The most consequential of these issues has been the… Continue Reading