“Iron Rules” for Trump in Choosing his Foreign Policy Team


by Robert E. Hunter The appointments that President-elect Donald Trump is making in foreign policy and national security will be among the most important decisions of his entire presidency. “Personnel is policy” is not just a slogan; it’s a fact.… Continue Reading  

Kirk Fundraiser Hosted By Activist Who Compared Obama To False Messiah


by Eli Clifton Last week, Politico published an audio recording of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) accusing President Barack Obama of orchestrating the prosecution of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for bribery last year as retaliation for Menendez’s opposition to the White… Continue Reading  

From Cairo to Goldberg


by James J. Zogby Earlier this month “The Atlantic” magazine featured a cover story, “The Obama Doctrine”, written by Jeffery Goldberg. Based on the author’s many hours of interviews with President Obama, it represents an attempt to find a coherent… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Obama: Time to Reset Relations

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by Emile Nakhleh President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia comes in the midst of a changing kingdom with a different outlook on its regional role and its relations with the United States. The US-Saudi relationship is becoming less “special,” which is… Continue Reading  

The New Normal in U.S.-Saudi Relations


by Perry Cammack and Richard Sokolsky Next week’s U.S.-GCC summit in Riyadh is the last opportunity for the Obama administration to recalibrate the U.S.-Saudi relationship. While officially a multilateral summit between the United States and the six Gulf monarchies, all eyes… Continue Reading