Persian Gulf Arab States Should Accept Iran’s Olive Branch

by Shireen T. Hunter Hopes for some sort of breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations were thwarted at the United Nations General Assembly last week. A supposed deal struck by French President Emmanuel Macron to arrange a telephone conversation between Iranian President… Continue Reading  

Murder and Murderers

by Lawrence Wilkerson Last week, Human Rights First and others hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill aimed at keeping the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi in the forefront of Americans’ thoughts as the… Continue Reading  

Hints of Gulf Rapprochement: Iranian Tactics May Be Paying Off

by James M. Dorsey Fears of a potential military conflict with Iran may have opened the door to a Saudi-Iranian dialogue against the backdrop of a rethink of US military logistics, involving at least a gradual partial relocation to the… Continue Reading  

China Could Resolve the Next Crisis in the Persian Gulf, But Not This One

by Jacopo Scita In the aftermath of the September 14 attacks on two Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia, China followed its well-established playbook, encouraging all parties to exercise restraint and calling for a ‘full and fair investigation’ into the events.… Continue Reading  

Challenging Western Media Narratives about Khashoggi

by Giorgio Cafiero The grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi a year ago today caused severe—and perhaps irreversible—damage to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS)’s reputation in the United States. No longer is the Crown Prince making trips to Washington, Wall… Continue Reading