America’s Motley Middle Eastern Crew

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Donald Trump (White House)

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  

The Politics of the Turkish-Saudi Clash

Fethullah Gulen (Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov As Saudi Arabia improvises cover-ups of the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a dedicated group of pundits goes into an overdrive trying to minimize the blow to Saudi Arabia’s international reputation. One of the strategies they… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Khashoggi Crisis

Sadegh Maleki (Mehr News Agency)

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi The Trump administration has defied a recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) order not to take any action that would further complicate the US-Iran dispute. It has imposed a fresh round of sanctions that target more… Continue Reading  

The Khashoggi-gate Opportunity

Outside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul (quetions123 via Shutterstock)

by Robert E. Hunter The shock of the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi is finally bringing U.S. Middle East policy out in the open, where it should be thoroughly examined for the first time in years. The United States first… Continue Reading  

The Khashoggi Case and Tribalism Run Amok

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by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration’s handling of the Jamal Khashoggi affair and the domestic U.S. politics associated with it display an extreme form of tribalism on two levels. This type of tribalism involves drawing rigid lines according to… Continue Reading