The Wisdom of the UAE’s Retrenchment

by Paul R. Pillar Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ), crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the de facto chief executive of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), evidently has determined that his principal regional policies have not been working well and require… Continue Reading  

Counterterrorism with the Taliban

by Paul R. Pillar Anyone looking in Afghanistan for an easily understood story of good versus evil, or moderation versus extremism, will be disappointed. That war-torn country is a congeries of conflicts with diverse ethnic, sectarian, and ideological overtones. Battles… Continue Reading  

Drawing Down Diplomacy in Iraq

by Paul R. Pillar Earlier this year the Trump administration, while stoking an atmosphere of crisis with Iran, withdrew “non-emergency” personnel from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. It is not clear what specific development, if any,… Continue Reading  

Why Human Rights Matter

by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been justly criticized for his creation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights, with the mission of redefining human rights. The move appears designed to base the redefinition on religious doctrine… Continue Reading  

The Administration’s Futile Flailing on Iran

by Paul R. Pillar This week the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) convened at the request of the Trump administration to discuss Iran’s nuclear activities. There is no action that, according to the IAEA’s charter… Continue Reading