Turkey vs. Saudi Arabia: Will the U.S. Have to Pick a Side?

Mohammed bin Salman and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by Derek Davison In the mid-twentieth century, U.S. Middle East policy rested primarily on its alliances with three major regional players: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The alliance with Iran was, of course, broken in the wake of the 1979… Continue Reading  

Nikki Haley’s Mission Accomplished Moment

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by Derek Davison On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump announced that his United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, was resigning and will leave the administration at the end of 2018. Haley’s departure came as a surprise. Most high-profile departures from the Trump… Continue Reading  

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?

Joshua Landis

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