The UAE Embraces Russia and China

by Marcus Salles The United States was among the first countries to recognize the independence of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, and the two nations have maintained close relations ever sense. However, there are signs that the UAE’s attention… Continue Reading  

The Iran Nuclear Controversy Is a Symptom of Other Problems

by Shireen T. Hunter In the last few days, an informal haggling between the United States and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program has developed. Reportedly Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that if America lifted all sanctions on Iran permanently,… Continue Reading  

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  

The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis

by Michael T. Klare It’s always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince’s role in the murder of… Continue Reading  

How to Avoid a War with Iran

by Jon B. Wolfsthal It would be a lot easier to know what is going to happen in the Middle East if President’ Trump’s goals and objectives could be determined with respect to Iran.  Not knowing what he wants, and… Continue Reading