Media and State Control in the Middle East

By Emile Nakhleh As street protests continue unabated in Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Algeria, and other Middle Eastern countries, regimes have used the social media platforms and traditional media to track, control, and repress their citizens. Iran has shut down the… Continue Reading  

WSJ Article Runs Through The Greatest Hits of a Dysfunctional Foreign Policy Debate

By Adam Wunische The unrivaled and unchallenged exertion of American military power around the world, or what’s known as “primacy,” has been the basis for U.S. Grand Strategy over the past 70 years and has faced few intellectual and political… Continue Reading  

Global protests: Russia and China risk ending up on the wrong side of history

By James M. Dorsey Widespread perceptions see Russia together with China as the rising powers in the Middle East as a result of America’s flip flops in Syria and US president Donald J. Trump’s transactional approach towards foreign policy as… Continue Reading  

A Better Path to a United Kurdistan

By Youseph Yazdi The vision of an independent Kurdistan took a major step back in recent weeks. Anyone familiar with the history of this heartfelt but ever disappointing dream was not surprised. Neither are they surprised that what was thought… Continue Reading  

Making Targets Out of U.S. Military Personnel

by Paul R. Pillar  Although President Trump is wisely resisting starting a new war in the Middle East, the dead-end nature of his failed “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has put him on the spot to do something, after last… Continue Reading