Interview with Sarah Aziza on Saudi repression of Women

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by Janine Jackson When Saudi Arabia officially lifted a ban on women driving last June, it made for a great photo-op. Time magazine had a video feature in which they rode along with the country’s first women taxi drivers. 60… Continue Reading  

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  

Congress Poised to Move Forward with Bold Agenda on Yemen

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by Kate Kizer Although the brutal assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi may have begun to recede from the American public consciousness, Washington has clearly not moved on. In fact, the new Democratic majority in the House is poised,… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Missile Program

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by Javad Heiran-Nia According to satellite imagery reported on by The Washington Post, Saudi Arabia is building its first factory to produce ballistic missiles. It is located at a missile base in al-Watah district, southwest of the capital of Riyadh.… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Middle East Policy Is All About His Base

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by Seth Binder Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was expected to outline the Trump administration’s grand strategy for the Middle East in his speech at the American University of Cairo earlier this month, but he did not even lay out… Continue Reading