Has Saudi Arabia Finally Gone Too Far?

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by Thomas W. Lippman In the 75-year history of the improbable alliance between the United State and Saudi Arabia, the Saudis have taken many actions and adopted many policies that infuriated the White House or Congress or both. They participated… Continue Reading  

Iran Hawks: Get Over Your Coup Allergy And Embrace Regime Change

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by Ben Armbruster Just a few months ago, Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the hawkish think tank Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, was trying to argue that he had nothing to do with Donald Trump’s decision to kill the Iran… Continue Reading  

Four Questions about John Bolton

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by Mitchell Plitnick Since John Bolton was appointed as Donald Trump’s national security advisor, I have spent a good deal of time talking about it. Those conversations have been with colleagues in the policy world, friends, and the media. In… Continue Reading  

Israel Could Face a Regional Shiite Army in Lebanon

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by Ali Rizk Following a bipartisan congressional tour of the Middle East, including Israel, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated that “southern Lebanon is where the next war is coming.” He also revealed that Israeli officials requested from the congressional delegation… Continue Reading  

Taking Russia’s Stark Warning on North Korea Seriously

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by Tim Shorrock As the US media obsesses about Russia’s involvement in the U.S. elections, it is ignoring nearly everything else about the Putin government’s role in the world. But recent warnings from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the… Continue Reading