Trump’s Doomed Quest for a Middle East Strategic Alliance

Mike Pompeo with the UAE's  Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (State Department via Flickr)

by Daniel Brumberg American efforts to foster Middle East alliances have long run into roadblocks, not least of which is the clashing interests of the region’s key states. The animating logic of any alliance is that states will subordinate their… Continue Reading  

Pompeo: Iran Threat Inflation Eludes Search For Allies

Mike Pompeo meets with Iraqi President Barham Salih (State Department via Flickr)

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi “Nations are rallying to our side to confront Iran in the region like never before,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a major foreign policy speech in Cairo on January 10. Claiming that his administration… Continue Reading  

Bahrain: Drop Charges in Rights Defender’s Case

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab

by Human Rights Watch The following statement was issued on December 18, 2018 by 57 rights groups, including Human Rights Watch:

New Year Not Likely Happy for Leading Gulf Rights Defenders

Ahmed Mansoor (Amnesty International)

by Joe Stork  It’s been a grim 2018 for partisans of free expression in the Gulf. The gruesome murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi by henchmen of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman rightly commanded headlines. More bad news looms,… Continue Reading  

Bahrain’s Unending Shia Repression

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (State Department)

by Emile Nakhleh Amid the Saudi-caused horrific human tragedy in Yemen and the ongoing investigation into the premeditated murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the Bahraini regime has imposed a life sentence on Shia cleric Sheikh… Continue Reading