Algeria’s Standoff between Protesters and the Regime

by Gregory Aftandilian Although large-scale protests succeeded this past spring in forcing the resignation of Algeria’s aged and feeble President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his removal from office has not quelled demonstrators’ demands for genuine civilian and democratic rule. They fear that… Continue Reading  

Libya’s Stalemate Could Lead to Dreaded Partition

by Imad K. Harb The apparent hiatus in large-scale fighting between Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, and the renegade General Khalifa Haftar, who commands the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), should not be misconstrued as… Continue Reading  

A Crumbling Saudi-Emirati Alliance in Yemen May Change U.S. Gulf Policy

by Charles W. Dunne As recently as last June, the de facto alliance between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt appeared to be in the driver’s seat of US policy on the Middle East, influencing Trump Administration thinking… Continue Reading  

Is an American-Iranian Dialogue Coming?

by Daniel Brumberg When it comes to the clash between the Trump Administration and the Iranian government, three days can seem like a lifetime. This point was displayed by the sequence of events that began with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad… Continue Reading  

Will Somalia Share Yemen’s Fate?

by Imad K. Harb The decision by the United Arab Emirates to withdraw its troops from Yemen was a tactical maneuver in a regional landscape witnessing several strategic challenges by other equally interested parties. In addition to Yemen, other countries… Continue Reading