Beijing’s Bid for Global Power In The Age Of Trump

Peng Liyuan, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, and Melania Trump (L-R) at Mar-a-Lago in April 2017 (White House)

by Alfred McCoy As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world seems to be witnessing one of those epochal clashes that can change the contours of global power. Just… Continue Reading  

Pushing Beirut And Baghdad To Comply With Iran Sanctions Is Risky Business

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

by Imad K. Harb President Donald Trump has reimposed an old set of American sanctions on Iran, as well as new ones following his abandonment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last May. For regional neighbours Lebanon and Iraq,… Continue Reading  

Report: Pentagon Contracts Aided Airline With Ties To Azerbaijani Ruling Family

A Silk Way Airlines flight landing at Malpensa Airport in 2011 (Wikimedia Commons / Harald Kinader)

by Joshua Kucera An Azerbaijani airline with close ties to the ruling family was the beneficiary of a large Pentagon contract and an attractive loan by a U.S. government bank, a new investigation has found. The revelations are yet another chapter… Continue Reading  

The Trump Administration Shouldn’t Pressure Oman to Change its Foreign Policy

Omani Sultan Qaboos b. Said Al Said (left) with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim b. Hamad Al Thani

by Giorgio Cafiero Oman’s geography, Islamic identity, and alliances make confronting the threat of violent Islamic fundamentalism a high priority for Muscat. The Sultanate’s proximity to a host of war-torn countries in the Arabian Peninsula, West Asia, and Africa exposes… Continue Reading  

Has a Diversionary War Just Become More Likely?

President Donald Trump (Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com)

by Paul R. Pillar Michael Cohen’s guilty plea directly implicating President Trump in commission of a crime has stimulated new talk about possible impeachment. Given how the case involves sexual liaisons, it also has stimulated comparisons with the impeachment of… Continue Reading