While Iran Braces for Sanctions, What Comes Next?

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by Derek Davison Consistent with his decision in May to breach the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday re-imposing the first group of U.S. nuclear-related sanctions on… Continue Reading  

Poll: Arab Views of US Low, Support for Palestinians High

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 by Derek Davison A year and a half into his presidency, Donald Trump’s two biggest beneficiaries in the Middle East have been Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. To Netanyahu, Trump has been… Continue Reading  

What Happens Now in Syria?

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by Derek Davison The Syrian civil war is at something of a crossroads. With the Syrian government having secured the area around Damascus its attention now seems to be turning to both Idlib province in northwestern Syria and Daraa province… Continue Reading  

Can the GCC Survive the Qatar Crisis?

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by Derek Davison  Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It was on June 5, 2017, that four nations—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Sanctions Will Hurt Iran, But How Much?

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by Derek Davison Even after Donald Trump decided to violate the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) by reimposing U.S. sanctions against Iran, he had a range of options. He could, for example, have started small… Continue Reading