Iran’s Hardliners and Reformists and the Syria Gambit

Javad Zarif and Hassan Rouhani (Wikimedia Commons)

by Daniel Brumberg In Iran, domestic and foreign policies are mutually inclusive. Domestic maneuvering to either restrict or open the political arena shapes Iran’s regional and global diplomacy just as much as Iran’s engagement beyond its borders shapes the balance… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Syria Announcement Underscores U.S. Policy Meltdown

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by Daniel Brumberg President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to pull 2,000 US troops out of northern Syria has shocked US policymakers and political leaders across the political spectrum, not to mention Washington’s western allies. Thus far, there has been little… Continue Reading  

The Exclusionary Turn In GCC Politics

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed

by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen The sudden rupture in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada has thrown a spotlight on the regional political dynamics that have placed unprecedented and potentially irreversible strains on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Over the past… Continue Reading  

Poll: Arab Views of US Low, Support for Palestinians High

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 by Derek Davison A year and a half into his presidency, Donald Trump’s two biggest beneficiaries in the Middle East have been Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. To Netanyahu, Trump has been… Continue Reading