Trump’s Withdrawal from the JCPOA Could Boost China’s Support for It

by Nicolai Due-Gundersen Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA in 2018 should come as no surprise. The abandonment of a framework years in the making fits Trump’s muddled modus operandi… Continue Reading  

Arab Leaders Trying to Decipher U.S. Iran Policy

by Daniel Brumberg What is the Trump Administration trying to achieve in the Middle East? The region’s leaders might be forgiven if they cannot decipher a clear answer. In fact, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike… Continue Reading  

Pompeo: Iran Threat Inflation Eludes Search For Allies

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  

Oman Blazes A Trail For Environmentalism In The Arab World

by Austin Bodetti Oman has long proved an outlier among the monarchies at the western edge of the Persian Gulf. Most Omanis subscribe to Ibadism, not Sunni Islam, and the Omani Sultan, Qaboos bin Said Al Said, has pursued a much… Continue Reading  

Is Oman Helping Netanyahu Make Peace with Saudi Arabia and Iran?

by Sigurd Neubauer Sultan Qaboos Al-Said seemingly took the world by surprise when he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Muscat last week. The British-educated Qaboos, who is also the Arab world’s longest serving monarch, has played an indispensible… Continue Reading