Middle Eastern Black Swans Dot China’s Belt and Road

Xi Jinping (Kaliva via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey  If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with a global power, it is the greater Middle East,… Continue Reading  

A French President for Georgia?

Salome Zourabichvili  (Wikimedia Commons)

by Giorgi Lomsadze Georgia could get its first female president very soon if the establishment-backed candidate Salome Zourabichvili can watch her tongue. Backing from the ruling Georgian Dream party makes former French diplomat Salome Zourabichvili a strong contender for the presidency,… Continue Reading  

Congress Can Help End the Suffering in Yemen

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by William D. Hartung The Saudi intervention in Yemen—carried out with U.S support—ranks alongside the war in Syria as the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. Without concerted action by Congress, things will get worse before they get better. The people of Yemen… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Colonial Palestinian Policy Is Doomed to Failure

Jared Kushner and David Friedman (Wikimedia Commons)

by Emile Nakhleh Last week, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration is eliminating previously approved funds to support Palestinian-Israeli civilian engagement. USAID has wisely given these funds to nongovernmental organizations to promote understanding between the two peoples… Continue Reading  

Yemen’s Descent into Hell

Children playing with toy guns on a street in Sanaa (Vladimir Melnik via Shutterstock)

by Rajan Menon It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support… Continue Reading