Oman’s Port Strategy

View of the Salalah coast (Wikimedia Commons / Balou46)

by Giorgio Cafiero and Victoria Shakespeare At the incipience of plans to finalize ports in Duqm and Salalah, Oman could potentially succeed in establishing two commercial hubs that become highly important to the international economy, perhaps one day rivaling Dubai’s… Continue Reading  

Creating The Conditions For War

FDD's Richard Goldberg

by Tyler Cullis Hawks inside and outside the Trump administration have not been afraid to threaten the nuclear option when it comes to the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. From threats to sanction European central banks and SWIFT’s board of… Continue Reading  

U.S.-Gulf States Relations: Mutual Sobering?

Donald Trump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

by Yoel Guzansky and Eldad Shavit Examination of several issues on the agenda between the United States and the Gulf states, and Saudi Arabia in particular, indicates that both sides have found it difficult to live up to the high… Continue Reading  

Can Donald Trump Unite the World (Against Himself)?

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Dilip Hiro One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: the world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground.  His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist policies on trade, the Iran denuclearization agreement, the costs of defense, and climate… Continue Reading  

False Flag Op In Albania Would Drive A Wedge Between The EU And Iran

16 MEK graves in the public cemetery in Tirana, Albaniam in 2018 (Anne Khodabandeh)

by Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh President Trump’s floundering Iran policy was firmed up earlier this month when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new ‘Iran Action Group’. According to Pompeo, “The Iran Action Group will be responsible [for] directing,… Continue Reading