The Best Way of Dealing with Iran: Capitalism

by James Spencer Like many previous US administrations over the past four decades, the Trump presidency’s Middle Eastern policy seems to be coalescing into the trusty “pro-Israel and anti-Iran” channel. That’s hardly surprising, given that it has been the comfortable… Continue Reading  

Deconstructing a Detonation near Yemen

by James Spencer  On January 30, 2017, there was an explosion on a Saudi frigate sailing off the Red Sea coast of Yemen, killing two sailors. That much is uncontested. What is unclear—and politically explosive—is whether the Houthis mounted a… Continue Reading  

The Wheels Are Coming off the Saudi Operation in Yemen

by James Spencer After initially denying that their aircraft had even been there, the Saudis finally admitted that they were responsible for the double-tap strike on the October 8 funeral of a major Yemeni notable. However, they denied culpability. According to the… Continue Reading  

Staying Out of Trouble in Yemen

by James Spencer It was widely reported that ground-based Houthi forces hit and largely disabled the United Arab Emirates ship Swift as it was transiting the Bab al-Mandab Strait on October 1. However, the Houthi-Salihi grouping—a witch’s brew of forces… Continue Reading  

Untying the Gordian Knot of Israeli-Palestinian Relations

by James Spencer International relations are roiled as they have not been for a generation. Syria is ablaze, and conflicts may engulf its neighbors. Russia has seized the Crimea and raised concerns among the Baltic states. China is asserting claims in the… Continue Reading