The Middle East in Trump’s Wake

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by Emile Nakhleh As President Donald Trump revels in his diplomatic foray into North Korea, he doesn’t have any comparable diplomatic “success” in the Middle East. None of the optimistic promises he made upon assuming office in January 2017 regarding… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Destructive Policies in the Mideast

Jared Kushner at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy Jerusalem via Flickr)

by Emile Nakhleh If President Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had planned to deepen chaos and instability, promote war, and hurt American interests in the Middle East, they could not have executed a more effective strategy than… Continue Reading  

President Trump, Remove Assad From Power, or You’re Just Like Obama

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by Emile Nakhleh In response to the “barbaric” chemical attack by the “animal” Assad on Douma, a suburb of Damascus, over the weekend, President Donald Trump has promised that Assad and his patrons Russia and Iran would pay a “big… Continue Reading  

Inauspicious Anniversaries and Lessons Unlearned

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by Emile Nakhleh This year, American policymakers and regimes across the Middle East face three inauspicious anniversaries, which continue to bedevil this country and the region. In the seventeen years since 9/11, the fifteen years since the invasion of Iraq,… Continue Reading  

Pompeo’s Appointment Bodes Ill for the Middle East

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by Emile Nakhleh Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s departure and his replacement—current CIA director Mike Pompeo—will not move the Middle East to a better place. Nor will the possible elevation of the current deputy director of the CIA Gina Haspel… Continue Reading