Next Chapter for Syria: The Road to Normalization

by Nour Samaha There has been a flurry of activity in the Syrian arena over the last few weeks. Developments seem to be spelling out a new phase for Syria, as well as for regional and international actors. One should… Continue Reading  

Is U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Pushing Gulf Arabs Closer to Russia?

by Mark N. Katz At this point, it is not clear when—or even if—the Trump administration will carry out the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria that President Donald Trump said he would undertake.  Trump’s initial statement that the United… Continue Reading  

America’s Motley Middle Eastern Crew

by James A. Russell The media has provided a daily barrage of coverage of the ever-changing story of how Jamal Khashoggi met his tragic and barbaric demise, with accompanying tales of just how awful those bad old Saudis really are.… Continue Reading  

Can Sudan Manage Economic Discontent amid Volatile Geopolitics?

by Magnus Taylor There was guarded hope in Khartoum when the U.S. government removed many of its economic and trade sanctions on Sudan in October 2017. Officials thought Washington would move forward with normalising relations, the next step being to… Continue Reading  

Arab Gulf States: Assault on Online Activists

by Human Rights Watch Gulf governments have sustained their campaigns to silence peaceful critics during the first half of 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, updating an interactive website, created in November 2016, featuring targeted human rights activists. On July 10,… Continue Reading