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  

Bahrain: Another Year of Deep State Repression

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by Emile Nakhleh This past year in Bahrain, much like those preceding it since the popular uprisings of 2011, was one of unending repression and persecution of human rights activists. Yet, the Trump administration and the British government, arguably two… Continue Reading  

Selling Trumpism to Skeptical Arabs

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by Emile Nakhleh Vice President Mike Pence’s recent visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel was a stark reminder of the diplomatic and public-relations dilemma facing President Trump’s policy and America’s standing in the region. Pence’s efforts to sell the president’s… Continue Reading  

Trump’s National Security Strategy and the Middle East: A Bridge to Nowhere

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by Emile Nakhleh President Trump’s new National Security Strategy and the negative reaction his announcement on Jerusalem has generated in the UN Security Council and General Assembly do not bode well for America’s relations with friendly Arab countries and the… Continue Reading