Trump’s Doomed Quest for a Middle East Strategic Alliance

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by Daniel Brumberg American efforts to foster Middle East alliances have long run into roadblocks, not least of which is the clashing interests of the region’s key states. The animating logic of any alliance is that states will subordinate their… Continue Reading  

Tunisia Feels Heat from the GCC

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Khalid al-Jaber On December 22, tension between Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) heated up. Citing “credible security information” about militant female members of the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) planning on entering the UAE… Continue Reading  

Risks of Ejecting the Taliban’s Office from Qatar

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by Giorgio Cafiero In 2013, with support from the American, Afghan, and Qatari governments, the Taliban opened an office in Doha. The office was to serve as a platform to engage the Taliban’s representatives in talks to bring peace to… Continue Reading  

One Person, One Vote, One Time

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by Paul R. Pillar An old fear about Islamist political parties entering government is that once in power, even if they’d gained their position through democratic means, they would subvert democracy for the sake of maintaining power. The U.S. government… Continue Reading  

Top Trump Adviser Has Shifting Views on Russia, Eurasia

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by Joshua Kucera President-elect Donald Trump’s top national security adviser has expressed a variety of contradictory opinions about affairs in the former Soviet Union, making it difficult to assess what policies the next White House administration may pursue in the… Continue Reading