The Khashoggi-gate Opportunity

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by Robert E. Hunter The shock of the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi is finally bringing U.S. Middle East policy out in the open, where it should be thoroughly examined for the first time in years. The United States first… Continue Reading  

What the Closure of the US Consulate in East Jerusalem Means

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by James J. Zogby This month’s prize for dangerous moves and disingenuous press releases goes to the State Department for its October 18, 2018 notice, headlined “On the Merging of US Embassy Jerusalem and US Consulate General Jerusalem.” The release… Continue Reading  

The Khashoggi Case and Tribalism Run Amok

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by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration’s handling of the Jamal Khashoggi affair and the domestic U.S. politics associated with it display an extreme form of tribalism on two levels. This type of tribalism involves drawing rigid lines according to… Continue Reading  

The Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

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by Graham E. Fuller The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of… Continue Reading  

New U.S. Sanctions on Iran and Europe’s Response

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by Tyler Cullis It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there. This week, the Trump administration announced a new set of sanctions against some of Iran’s major industrial companies and financial institutions. This included Bank Parsian and Sina Bank—two private… Continue Reading