Congress Takes Aim at Yemen War

by Derek Davison In a legislative milestone on Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 247-175, largely along party lines, to end the U.S. role in the war in Yemen under the 1973 War Powers Act. This is the second time… Continue Reading  

Poll: Majority of Iranians Still Support JCPOA

by Derek Davison In spite of the Trump administration’s decision to violate the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) and reimpose sanctions in an effort to exert “maximum pressure” on the Iranian government, new polling finds… Continue Reading  

European SPV Offers Lifeline to Iran and the JCPOA

by Derek Davison Three European nations scrambling to salvage the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) announced on January 29 the formation of a new “special purpose vehicle” (SPV) to preserve their commercial ties with… Continue Reading  

Yemen: Reasons for (Cautious) Optimism

by Derek Davison For those who have been horrified by the humanitarian catastrophe that has been Yemen’s civil war, last week brought two welcome and long-overdue developments that could signify that this conflict is turning a corner. However, neither can… Continue Reading  

Turkey vs. Saudi Arabia: Will the U.S. Have to Pick a Side?

by Derek Davison In the mid-twentieth century, U.S. Middle East policy rested primarily on its alliances with three major regional players: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The alliance with Iran was, of course, broken in the wake of the 1979… Continue Reading