Next Steps in Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani (Gints Ivuskans via Shutterstock)

by Alia Ahmed In an about-turn of its two decades-old policy on Afghanistan, President Donald Trump tweeted in mid-December his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan (and Syria). Until September last year, the United States had held firmly to… Continue Reading  

Pompeo: The Real Threat to U.S. National Security

Mike Pompeo (lev radin via Shutterstock)

by Lawrence Wilkerson I know something about U.S. secretaries of state lying to the American people and the international community. I assisted one of them to do so on February 5, 2003 before the United Nations Security Council. Yes, Colin Powell and… Continue Reading  

Interview with Sarah Aziza on Saudi repression of Women

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by Janine Jackson When Saudi Arabia officially lifted a ban on women driving last June, it made for a great photo-op. Time magazine had a video feature in which they rode along with the country’s first women taxi drivers. 60… Continue Reading  

Saudi Lobbying in Brussels Gone Awry

Loujain al-Hathloul (Emna Mizouni via Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov On February 14, the European Parliament adopted a new resolution condemning Saudi Arabia for the detention and torture of women human rights defenders. As the kingdom’s PR machine proudly advertises its supposed reforms to empower women, Riyadh… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Doomed Quest for a Middle East Strategic Alliance

Mike Pompeo with the UAE's  Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (State Department via Flickr)

by Daniel Brumberg American efforts to foster Middle East alliances have long run into roadblocks, not least of which is the clashing interests of the region’s key states. The animating logic of any alliance is that states will subordinate their… Continue Reading