Macron and the Qatar Crisis

by Giorgio Cafiero and Elaine Miao France has been one of the key Western states involved in diplomatic efforts to resolve the five-week-old crisis within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). France’s 39-year-old president, Emmanuel Macron, has sought to bring the… Continue Reading  

To Wash Post: Bannon “Conservative,” Le Pen “Far Right”

by Jim Lobe There are no major ideological differences between Steve Bannon and Marine Le Pen. Yet it seems that The Washington Post considers them to be very different. According to the Post, Bannon and his backers are “conservatives.” Le Pen… Continue Reading  

France and Iran Are Back to Business

by Emma Scott After a decade of wrangling over the nuclear program, President Rouhani found himself in Italy and France last week in search of business in the automotive, transportation, hydrocarbon, and industrial sectors. That Rouhani choose to visit Paris… Continue Reading  

The Amateurish Attacks in Paris

by Paul R. Pillar A strong tendency in the wake of major terrorist attacks is to associate the impact the event has on our own fears and thoughts (which generally are correlated with the number of Westerners who died in… Continue Reading  

Let’s Not Forget Beirut

by Jim Lobe A brief preface to two notable articles—there are others you can find on the Web (notably, this excellent piece by Anne Barnard in The New York Times Monday) — on the disparity in U.S. media coverage of the… Continue Reading