Iran: Does President Trump Have a Case?

Trump reinstate sanctions against Iran (White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

by Peter Jenkins The Iranian nuclear problem has been on my mind for the last 15 years, and I am a fan of the diplomatic solution that was found in July 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Continue Reading  

How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “a Very Dangerous Place”

Coalition air strike in Syria (Orlok via Shutterstock)

by Emile Nakhleh The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it so. President Trump’s bizarre and strange recent statement giving Saudi Crown… Continue Reading  

EU-Saudi Relations After Khashoggi: Business as Usual?

Emmanuel Macron (Alexandros Michailidis via Shutterstock)

by Eldar Mamedov More than one month after the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul, the issue refuses to fade away into oblivion. As part of an effort to keep it on the agenda,… Continue Reading  

Will House Democrats End U.S. Involvement in Yemen War?

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by Giorgio Cafiero The success of congressional Democrats, who took back control of the House of Representatives in yesterday’s midterm elections, poses new challenges for the White House. It will no longer have a Republican-dominated Congress to work with throughout… Continue Reading  

A Reckoning for Raqqa

Raqqa after the bombings (Tomas Davidov via Shutterstock)

by Laila Ujayli Before the start of the Syrian war, my family used to spend summers in Raqqa, the eastern city that the self-described Islamic State (ISIS or IS) illegitimately claimed as its capital. During those long summer days years… Continue Reading