Algeria’s Unrest Unsettles the Saudi/UAE-led Bloc

By Giorgio Cafiero In 2011, there was much optimism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that the so-called Arab Spring revolts would make the region more democratic. Yet over the past eight years, the MENA region has become… Continue Reading  

Contrasting Leadership Styles in the Saudi-Iran Conflict

by Seyed Hossein Mousavian Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) is steadily consolidating power in Riyadh and positioning himself to become the most powerful ruler in Saudi history. His rise has been accompanied with a ratcheting up of hostilities… Continue Reading  

Aleppo under Siege

by Julien Barnes-Dacey We have reached yet another depressing inflection point in the Syrian Civil War. Syrian government forces with the support of Russian air power have cut off the last remaining major supply route to rebels in Aleppo city, setting… Continue Reading  

Syria’s Civil War and its Unintended Consequences

by Henry Precht Secretary John Kerry made an unannounced stop in Baghdad Sunday to press the Iraqis to deny permission for Iranian overflights that might be carrying arms to Syria. There was no immediate word whether the Shia-led government would… Continue Reading  

A Tale of Two Threats

It’s not easy for a European observer of US politics to understand why the US Congress seems so much more concerned by Iran’s nuclear activities than by those of North Korea (the DPRK). Congressional pressure on the White House to… Continue Reading