Creating an Empire of Graveyards?

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by Tom Engelhardt Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about their strange, mask-like, painted faces unnerved him utterly, chilled him to the bone.… Continue Reading  

A Sustainable US Policy for North Syria, the Kurds, Turkey, and Damascus

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by Joshua Landis and Matthew Barber This article is a “part-two” to the previous article “U.S. Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds, and Turkey,” which warned that the United State’s decision to back Kurdish nationalism in Northern Syria in an uncompromising… Continue Reading  

Qatar’s Anti-Bullying Narrative

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by Giorgio Cafiero Fortunately the Qatar crisis has thus far not escalated into a military confrontation. Nonetheless, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) diplomatic row has escalated into a harsh war of narratives between Qatar and the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ)—Bahrain, Egypt,… Continue Reading  

US and Pakistan: A Bumpy Ride

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by Alia Ahmed Pakistan-US relations, buffeted and bruised by the periodic bluster of Donald Trump and his cabinet colleagues throughout 2017, witnessed a first, albeit hazy, sign of abatement when Acting Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Alice Wells visited Islamabad… Continue Reading  

Urgently Needed: A New Security Framework for the Persian Gulf

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by Javad Heiran-Nia  The implementation of effective security mechanisms in the Persian Gulf region has always been a matter of concern for the Gulf States. The main objective is to have a common goal, and hence, construct techniques to achieve… Continue Reading