Congress and Saudi Arabia

by Alireza Ahmadi Reflecting on the unpopularity of the U.S.-Saudi relationship after the September 11 attacks, scholar F. Gregory Gause III said that the relationship has never been based on public support but rather on “an elite bargain” that overcomes “vast political… Continue Reading  

2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza

by William Hartung  As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in “bigly” in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting… Continue Reading  

New Trump, Old Bottles

by John Feffer It didn’t take long for Donald Trump to discover that U.S. foreign policy is about as easy to turn around as a warship in dry dock. Despite any number of promises to shake things up — during… Continue Reading  

Entanglement in Yemen and the Logic of War

by Paul R. Pillar We are seeing today in Yemen a demonstration of how easily a supposedly limited U.S. involvement in an armed conflict becomes less limited, and how such involvement creates new enemies of the United States. The deleterious… Continue Reading  

Obama Still Searching for the Magic Formula on Drones

by Derek Davison On July 1, the Friday before a long holiday weekend, the Obama administration released a long-awaited estimate of the number of civilians killed in U.S. airstrikes—primarily delivered via unmanned drone—against suspected terrorist targets in “non-war zones.” These… Continue Reading