Deconstructing Woodward

Bob Woodward (Hillel Steinberg via Flickr)

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi The blockbuster New York Times anonymous article on staff resistance at the White House coincided with the release of Bob Woodward’s most recent book, both of them leveling similar allegations against the Trump administration. Woodward, an… Continue Reading  

Can a GCC Reconciliation Summit at Camp David Succeed?

Donald Trump at the GCC roundtable in Saudi Arabia, May 2018.

by Gregory Aftandilian After sporadic but unsuccessful attempts by Washington since the summer of 2017 to end the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis, the Trump Administration is now contemplating inviting leaders of the council countries this autumn to Camp David… Continue Reading  

Resuming Military Aid to Egypt: In US National Interest?

Protest against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in London (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr)

by Rana Allam The UK Foreign Office recently issued an advisory warning British holidaymakers visiting Egypt to avoid spreading “strongly negative opinions” about the Egyptian government and security forces and that “derogatory comments on social media” have led to prison.… Continue Reading  

Mercer-Backed Group Throws Viral Video Messaging Behind Pompeo

Rebekah Mercer

by Eli Clifton President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as the country’s top diplomat, CIA director Mike Pompeo, is expected to win a Senate confirmation vote later this week even if he can’t muster the… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Africa Policy Is a Continuation of Clinton’s, Bush’s, and Obama’s

U.S. military advisor in Djibouti (AFRICOM)

by Herman J. Cohen President Trump’s Africa policy appears to be off to a bad start. First, there was the unfortunate leak of a remark made privately to a group of U.S. senators in February in which the President referred… Continue Reading