A Weakly Inflated Trial Balloon for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Billboard in Jeruslame (NOWAK LUKASZ via Shutterstock)

by James J. Zogby This week a well-known Israeli journalist revealed what he said were “new details about the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.” His report, he said, came from notes he had obtained from an American Jewish leader who… Continue Reading  

Has Saudi Arabia Become a Monarchy of Fear?

Mike Pompeo and King Salman (State Department via Flickr)

by Daniel Brumberg The murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi reminded Americans that the United States remains aligned with Arab leaders who regularly repress, imprison, and kill opponents for expressing their political views. Khashoggi’s killing in the Saudi Arabian… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Problems with America Won’t End with Trump’s Departure

John Kerry and Javad Zarif (U.S. State Department via Flickr)

by Shireen T. Hunter According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Last Failed Coup Still Plagues Turkey-US Alliance

Memorial to the victims of the July 15 coup attempt (Thomas Koch via Shutterstock)

by Giorgio Cafiero Since the Ottoman era, the people of Anatolia have experienced military interventions in politics that have dramatically impacted the lives of millions. Arguably, the first such coup occurred in 1876, with Sultan Abdulaziz’s ouster. Following the establishment… Continue Reading  

Dollar-Clearing Battle: First Step to Killing Iran Nuclear Deal

Bank Muscat (Wikimedia Commons)

by Ryan Costello Lawmakers and advocacy groups undertook many steps to weaken the Iran nuclear deal during the Obama era to set up President Trump’s unilateral termination. Last week, Republicans on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a 50-page report delving into… Continue Reading