Pakistan Forges Ahead with the Saudi-led Alliance

by Eldar Mamedov On April 21, General Raheel Sharif, the former chief of staff of the Pakistani army, left for Riyadh to head a 41-nation, Saudi-led Islamic military alliance against terrorism. When this appointment was first announced in January, it… Continue Reading  

After the Iran Deal: Getting Beyond Enmity

by Charles Naas The nuclear agreement with Iran, finally reached in Vienna in July, has now been accepted by all the negotiating partners. Pope Francis has endorsed the deal. Even Saudi Arabia and the Emirates have extended grudging support. Indeed, all countries have… Continue Reading  

Iran Deal: Obama Channels Nixon?

by John Feffer One of the greatest moments of U.S. diplomacy in the 20th century was Nixon’s opening to China. It was a surprise, a breathtaking opportunity, and a true game-changer. It was also one of the strangest political matches… Continue Reading  

Was the US-GCC Summit Worth It?

by Robert E. Hunter It is too early to judge whether the results of last week’s summit between President Barack Obama and leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will become “footprints on the sands of time.” The… Continue Reading  

The Wider Ramifications of the Ukraine Crisis

by Mark N. Katz The Ukraine crisis, as well as the broader deterioration in relations between Russia on the one hand and America and Europe on the other, is not taking place in a void. Many momentous events are happening… Continue Reading