Comparative Conferences: Sochi vs. Warsaw

by Mark N. Katz The recent Warsaw Conference on the Middle East was notable for America’s inability to rally European governments to the anti-Iranian cause that the Trump administration, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE have been strongly pushing. This… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Doomed Quest for a Middle East Strategic Alliance

by Daniel Brumberg American efforts to foster Middle East alliances have long run into roadblocks, not least of which is the clashing interests of the region’s key states. The animating logic of any alliance is that states will subordinate their… Continue Reading  

Next Chapter for Syria: The Road to Normalization

by Nour Samaha There has been a flurry of activity in the Syrian arena over the last few weeks. Developments seem to be spelling out a new phase for Syria, as well as for regional and international actors. One should… Continue Reading  

Trump Punts on Syria

by John Feffer Donald Trump wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it’s Wednesday, so that’s what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he’ll insist that Syria pay for the pullout. Maybe… Continue Reading  

Is U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Pushing Gulf Arabs Closer to Russia?

by Mark N. Katz At this point, it is not clear when—or even if—the Trump administration will carry out the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria that President Donald Trump said he would undertake.  Trump’s initial statement that the United… Continue Reading