Our Man in Riyadh

John Abizaid (Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo via Wikimedia Commons)

by Andrew Bacevich What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing — and arguably quite a lot. Abizaid’s proposed appointment is both a… Continue Reading  

Trump Has Put US On Path To War With Iran While Nobody is Paying Attention

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by Ben Armbruster Sixteen years ago this week, 77 U.S. senators and 296 members of the House of Representatives gave President George W. Bush the authority to wage war in Iraq. That monumental vote enabled what is arguably the biggest… Continue Reading  

Trump’s March to War with Iran

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by Joe Cirincione There is a very real possibility that Donald Trump will start a new war in the Middle East. If that’s not his intention, then his administration is doing a damn good job of faking it. In July,… Continue Reading  

Blowback From U.S. Policy in the Greater Middle East

U.S. soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan (U.S. Army)

by Danny Sjursen He was shot in the back, the ultimate act of treachery. On September 3, a U.S Army sergeant major was killed by two Afghan police officers — the very people his unit, the new Security Force Assistance Brigade, was there to train. It was… Continue Reading  

Bahraini Narratives About the United States

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by Giorgio Cafiero The eruption of Bahrain’s political crisis seven-and-a-half years ago marked a watershed in Manama-Washington relations. It also transformed how both Bahrain’s regime and its Shia-dominated opposition viewed the United States. For decades, Bahrain’s leadership has seen the… Continue Reading