Saudi Arabia and the UAE Fund Academia with Strings Attached

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey As Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have both tried to build up their soft power across the Middle East and North Africa, both states have also attempted to gain greater influence in the West. In… Continue Reading  

The Racism Heard Round the World

by John Feffer On race relations, the United States has slipped into the same category as Burundi and Iraq. After the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month — and the outrage generated by President Trump’s response — the United Nations… Continue Reading  

The Making of a Pariah Nation

by Tom Engelhardt In its own inside-out, upside-down way, it’s almost wondrous to behold. As befits our president’s wildest dreams, it may even prove to be a record for the ages, one for the history books. He was, after all,… Continue Reading  

US Diplomacy and Development Aid: Death by a Thousand Cuts

by Diana Ohlbaum When President Trump submitted his preliminary budget request for 2018, which outlined foreign aid and diplomacy cuts of nearly one-third, the rebuke was fast and furious. Members of Congress declared the president’s budget “dead on arrival.” Hearings… Continue Reading