Seven Myths the Trump Presidency Has Destroyed

by Andrew Bacevich Irony, paradox, contradiction, consternation — these define the times in which we live. On the one hand, the 45th president of the United States is a shameless liar. On the other hand, his presidency offers an open… Continue Reading  

U.S. Troop Withdrawals Threaten Greater Gulf Assertiveness

by James M. Dorsey As far as Gulf leaders are concerned, President Donald J. Trump demonstrated with his announced US troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan [reports of the latter have been disputed by the Trump administration] that his insistence that the… Continue Reading  

Gulf Rivalries Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

by James M. Dorsey With the 2018 World Cup in Russia behind it, the soccer world’s focus shifts to the 2022 tournament in Qatar. Politics and the Gulf’s internecine political and legal battles have already shaped debate about FIFA’s controversial… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Khashoggi Crisis

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi The Trump administration has defied a recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) order not to take any action that would further complicate the US-Iran dispute. It has imposed a fresh round of sanctions that target more… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Bogus Claims and the Fate of Mohammad bin Salman

by Emile Nakhleh Anyone who follows how the tribal regimes in the Persian Gulf operate in their state-fiefdoms knows that no major decision—political, economic, social, military—is made domestically and internationally without the knowledge and approval of the senior leadership, particularly… Continue Reading