Trump’s Doomed Quest for a Middle East Strategic Alliance

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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  

Will a Revolution Oust Sudan’s Defiant President?

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by Giorgio Cafiero Widespread rage over rising fuel and bread prices, inflation, and cash shortages triggered Sudan’s daily protests. These demonstrations began on December 19 in the River Nile city of Atbara, located in central Sudan. They quickly spread to… Continue Reading  

World to Refugees: Go to Hell

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by John Feffer It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, was recounted in a 1974 book and a 1976 film (both titled Voyage of the Damned) as well… Continue Reading  

Can Sudan Manage Economic Discontent amid Volatile Geopolitics?

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by Magnus Taylor There was guarded hope in Khartoum when the U.S. government removed many of its economic and trade sanctions on Sudan in October 2017. Officials thought Washington would move forward with normalising relations, the next step being to… Continue Reading  

The Militarization of the Red Sea

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by Shehab al-Makahleh and Giorgio Cafiero The Red Sea has historically connected traders from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Today the strategically valuable body of water is vital to Sino-European trade. In recent years, several countries have established… Continue Reading