Boondoggle, Inc.

by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it… Continue Reading  

Libya and the Outsiders: Games of Power

by Federica Saini Fasanotti When the Qadhafi regime fell in 2011, centralized power quickly dissipated and Libya fell into chaos. A wide range of armed groups asserted control over large swaths of territory in the oil-rich nation without any effective… Continue Reading  

Foreign Policy and the Establishment of Religion

by Paul R. Pillar The opening line of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bans any law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It is no accident that this prohibition has pride of place… Continue Reading  

A Survey of Arab Youth Highlights Gaps between Policies and Aspirations

by James M. Dorsey Results of a recent annual survey of Arab youth concerns about their future suggest that Arab autocracies have yet to deliver expected public services and goods, explain autocratic efforts to promote nationalism, and indicate that jobs… Continue Reading  

Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions

by James M. Dorsey The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher U.S. sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another… Continue Reading