The Middle East After Pompeo’s Cairo Speech

Mike Pompeo meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (State Department via Flickr)

by Emile Nakhleh Those who had wishfully hoped that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Cairo speech would enunciate a new Trumpian doctrine toward the Middle East were sorely disappointed. The speech was no more than a mean attack on former… Continue Reading  

Brussels, not Tehran, in Pompeo’s Crosshairs

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (U.S. Embassy Poland)

by Eldar Mamedov During his trip to the Middle East the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced an international summit in Warsaw on February 13-14 to “promote freedom, peace and stability in the Middle East.” Such objectives, judging by his… Continue Reading  

Don’t Rule Out the Possibility of War with Iran

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by Shireen T. Hunter      According to press reports, Iran has all but despaired of the European Union’s ability—or, perhaps more accurately, willingness—to work out a system of financial transactions that could facilitate Tehran’s trade with Europe. Not only that,… Continue Reading  

Making Sausage Out of Syria Policy

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by Gary Sick Foreign policy, to paraphrase Bismarck, is like sausage: you’d rather not see it being made. In fact, even when the final results are not particularly appetizing, the foreign policy process gains nothing by being carried out in… Continue Reading  

Pompeo: Iran Threat Inflation Eludes Search For Allies

Mike Pompeo meets with Iraqi President Barham Salih (State Department via Flickr)

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi “Nations are rallying to our side to confront Iran in the region like never before,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a major foreign policy speech in Cairo on January 10. Claiming that his administration… Continue Reading