The Obsolete Palestinian Authority

by Paul R. Pillar The unique entity known as the Palestinian Authority (PA), created 25 years ago as a supposedly transitional structure, is well past its sell-by date. The anniversary earlier this year of the Oslo Accords, which established the… Continue Reading  

Saudi Diplomatic Offensive: Forget Khashoggi, Thwart Qatar

by James M. Dorsey As Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman tours friendly Arab nations in advance of the Group of 20 (G-20) industrialized nations summit in Argentina, Saudi diplomacy aims to achieve two goals: put the killing of journalist… Continue Reading  

Nine Thoughts on the Latest Gaza Flare-Up

by Mitchell Plitnick Now that the latest flare-up of fighting between Israel and Gaza has subsided, at least for the moment, here are nine thoughts on the clash, the outcomes, and the implications.

Trump’s Two-State Solution: News That Was No News

by James J. Zogby If we’ve learned anything about President Donald Trump it’s that for him words have no meaning, or at least not their obvious meaning. Because he’s a performer/salesman, he loves being on stage, knowing that the things… Continue Reading  

Camp David and Oslo, 40 and 25 Years On

by Paul R. Pillar This month marks anniversaries of two major agreements signed at the White House that appeared to be major steps toward a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace but never produced such a peace. On September 17, 1978, Israeli Prime… Continue Reading