Full of Sound and Fury

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by Derek Davison Friday’s news that the Trump administration’s “chief strategist,” Steve Bannon, had been fired sent shockwaves through Washington and the U.S. media. Although it had been reported all week that Bannon was on shaky ground within the White… Continue Reading  

Iranian Public May Be Turning More Skeptical, Hostile Toward US

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by Derek Davison and Jim Lobe The election and subsequent actions of the Trump administration appears to have provoked much greater skepticism, if not hostility, regarding U.S. intentions among the Iranian public, according to a major new poll released here… Continue Reading  

White House Syria Statement Raises Eyebrows

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by Derek Davison The Trump administration may be gearing up for another military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military. Late in the day on Monday, the White House released the following statement: The United States has identified potential preparations… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia to Qatar: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

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by Derek Davison More than two weeks after they began boycotting Qatar, four Arab nations—Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—have presented the Qataris with a list of demands that they say Doha must meet in order to… Continue Reading  

What Will Trump, Gulf Instability Mean for the Iran Deal?

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by Derek Davison The Iran nuclear deal—Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA—is facing multiple threats, and whatever hope there may once have been that it could serve as a basis for improving U.S.-Iran ties is probably gone. Between the… Continue Reading