Making Sense of U.S. Moves in the Middle East

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu (Wikimedia Commons)

by Rebecca Gordon My father and I always had a tacit agreement: “We will never speak of That Part of the World.” He’d grown up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Norfolk, Virginia. His own father, a refugee from early-twentieth-century… Continue Reading  

A State that Belongs to Only Some of Its Citizens

Photo by Max Zalevsky via Shutterstock

by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man There is a form on the Israeli Interior Ministry’s website, where one can order duplicate and translated copies of a birth certificate. On that form is a drop-down menu, above which it is written: “Nationality.” In that… Continue Reading  

Iran Debates Ties with Russia

Ali Akbar Velayati and Vladimir Putin

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi There is an ongoing and lively debate in Iranian media and in the parliament on the nature of Iran-Russia relations. The recent summit between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, where both leaders… Continue Reading  

From Gaza to Jerusalem to Iran

March of Return (Edo Ramon via Flickr)

by Joel Beinin The Palestinian Great March of Return, which began on March 30, 2018 and continued into June, was a popular mobilization of people of the Gaza Strip initiated by politically unaligned young men and women. The campaign of… Continue Reading  

China May Test Adelson’s Control Over Trump Foreign Policy

The Venetian in Macau (Meraj Chhaya via Flickr)

by Eli Clifton Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has, by multiple accounts, gotten much of what he wanted when he backed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign with a $35 million investment and emerged, alongside his wife Miriam, as the biggest donors to… Continue Reading