Drama Starts Early in Israeli Elections

Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett (Roman Yanushevsky via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Israeli elections always feature a lot of political drama. But when the Knesset was dissolved on December 24, it set off a flurry of action that was furious even by Israeli standards. The drama is likely to… Continue Reading  

Upholding Trump’s Ban: Danger Ahead

The Roberts court (Wikimedia Commons)

by James J. Zogby The Supreme Court decision upholding the Trump Administration’s infamous “Muslim ban” will have consequences far beyond its restriction on visas for nationals from the affected countries. Of the greatest concern is the validation it has given… Continue Reading  

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan’s unremarkable election

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (NATO)

by Giorgi Lomsadze Azerbaijan’s presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive term with an 86 percent landslide, while his token rivals got crumbs of voter support – in the low single digits –… Continue Reading  

The International Community Can’t Afford to Fail in Libya

Demonstration in Al Bayda, Libya in 2011 (Wikimedia Commons)

by Haki Abazi The danger of Libya turning into a wholly fragmented failed state, a long-term haven of chaos run by organized crime, is real. In such a state, Libya will threaten an already fragile regional stability and generate constant threats… Continue Reading  

Time to Rethink U.S. Military Aid to Egypt

Donald Trump meets Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Wikimedia Commons)

by Seth Binder and William D. Hartung This week’s presidential election in Egypt offers an opportunity to rethink the amount and purpose of U.S. military aid to that nation, which has totaled over $40 billion since the signing of the… Continue Reading