Trump’s Bumbling Middle East Dance

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu

by Mitchell Plitnick Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump wanted to change US policy toward both Israel-Palestine and Iran. When Obama arrived in the Oval Office, he brought an ambitious foreign policy plan with him. He wanted to diminish the… Continue Reading  

Multiple Diplomatic Spats with Saudi Arabia

Samar Badawi, flanked by Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton (Wikimedia Commons)

by James M. Dorsey The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human… Continue Reading  

Counterproductive Counterterrorism in Afghanistan and Yemen

A U.S. soldier and an Afghan tactical air controller. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins

by Paul R. Pillar Fighting terrorism has been the most commonly invoked rationale for U.S. involvement in overseas military conflicts during the past two decades. But much of that involvement has sustained and strengthened, rather than weakened, international terrorism. Recent… Continue Reading  

Competition in the Eastern Mediterranean: Is Trump Missing the Point?

Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Alexandros Michailidis /via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A Trump administration decision to sanction two key Turkish officials in retaliation for the continued detention of an American cleric coupled with unqualified support for Israel and the adoption of a backseat in Syria threatens to further undermine… Continue Reading  

Israel: A Middle Eastern State

Wailing Wall in Jerusalem (Mick Harper via Shutterstock)

by Paul R. Pillar Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel” when the Knesset enacted earlier this month a basic law (having constitutional status in… Continue Reading