US-Funded Broadcaster under Scrutiny for Enabling Tajikistan’s Strongman Rule

by Peter Leonard Since its founding at the outset of the Cold War, U.S.-funded news broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has sought to promote press freedoms and advance an American vision of democracy in some of the world’s most hardened… Continue Reading  

Ireland Leads on Pressuring Israel on Settlements

by James J. Zogby This past week, we hosted Irish Senator Frances Black in Washington. Black is the chair of the Irish Seanad’s (Senate) Palestine Working Group and the lead sponsor of the legislation to ban the import of products… Continue Reading  

Balochistan: A Geopolitical Powder Keg

by James M. Dorsey Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that borders Iran, is gripped… Continue Reading  

Why MbS May Not Want More Reform

by Paul R. Pillar The image in the West of Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) certainly took a big hit with the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate in Istanbul. Many who… Continue Reading  

An Uncomfortable Alliance: The United States and Bahrain

by Thomas W. Lippman Every year in late winter or early spring, the commander of all U.S. military forces in the Middle East and Central and South Asia delivers an extensive report to Congress about operations, strategy, planning, and training… Continue Reading