Saudi Arabia Braces for Tougher Post-Election U.S. Attitude

King Salman

by James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia is bracing itself for a potentially more strained relationship with the United States in the wake of Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives in this week’s mid-term elections and mounting Turkish efforts… Continue Reading  

Ending the Yemen War Before It Ends Yemen

James Mattis (Alexandros Michailidis via Shutterstock)

by Khalid al-Jaber Defense Secretary James Mattis’s recent comment on the war in Yemen is the strongest U.S. statement since the war’s inception in March 2015. “We’ve got to replace combat with compromise,” Mattis said at the United States Institute… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Space Force

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by William Hartung On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a “Space Force” that would give the U.S. “dominance” in that realm. It would be, he said —… Continue Reading  

The NATO We Have and the NATO We Seek

Angela Merkel at NATO summit (Alexandros Michailidis via Shutterstock)

by Diana Ohlbaum Donald Trump has thrown the “free world” into a tizzy with his ultimatum to European allies to increase their defense spending, his public questioning of why America should have to defend Montenegro, his classification of the European… Continue Reading  

Is a War with China on the Horizon?

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)

by Michael T. Klare On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be… Continue Reading