Arab NATO: An Idea Whose Time Has Not (and May Never) Come

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by Andrew Miller and Richard Sokolsky The Trump administration, in its preoccupation with containing and rolling back Iranian influence in the Middle East, is pursuing a hare-brained and potentially risky scheme: “a regional security alliance comprised of Egypt, Jordan, and six… Continue Reading  

Careful of What You Wish For

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by Perry Cammack and Richard Sokolsky Amidst the turmoil in the Arabian Peninsula caused in part by Saudi behavior toward Yemen and Qatar, it is easy to forget that, until quite recently, Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy was cautious and conservative. It… Continue Reading  

Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

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by Richard Sokolsky and Paul Stronski Geopolitical conditions in the South Caucasus have experienced a substantial shift in recent years. Accordingly, the Trump Administration needs to adjust assumptions in advancing American interests in the region to make the most of its capabilities.… Continue Reading  

Bahrain: Anchors Aweigh?

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by Richard Sokolsky The government of Bahrain’s unremitting repression and human rights abuses against its political opposition are leading the country down a road that over the coming years promises instability and a significant escalation of domestic conflict. The United… Continue Reading  

Kyrgyzstan: Fresh Dawn Looming for Ties with US

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by Peter Leonard Speculation is mounting that Kyrgyzstan wants to repair relations with the United States after a dispute over human rights torpedoed ties last summer.