Inauspicious Anniversaries and Lessons Unlearned

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by Emile Nakhleh This year, American policymakers and regimes across the Middle East face three inauspicious anniversaries, which continue to bedevil this country and the region. In the seventeen years since 9/11, the fifteen years since the invasion of Iraq,… Continue Reading  

Washington and Riyadh: Fading Memory of 9/11?

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by Emile Nakhleh The terror attacks of 9/11 have become a distant memory in US-Saudi relations. Washington’s recent multi-billion American arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, its continued coddling of the Saudi regime, and the absence of American moral… Continue Reading  

The Damage of the Travel Ban

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by Robert E. Hunter President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States by people from seven Muslim countries did not spring, like Athena, fully armored from the forehead of Zeus. It is a direct descendent of… Continue Reading  

Trump and the Decline of the West

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by James A Russell Donald Trump’s election represents another nail in the coffin of the post-World War II global order that saw a unified West anchor the international system with its centrist domestic political consensus, free trade, and collective security… Continue Reading  

The Five Most Common Middle East Conspiracy Theories

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by Reese Erlich I speak about the Middle East to people of various political persuasions around the US, from leftist college students to conservatives on AM radio talk shows. Most Americans are wary of further US military intervention in the… Continue Reading