Senate Resolution Potentially Changes Middle East Dynamics

Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, protests in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Oslo, Norway, (Ryan Rodrick Beiler via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A draft US Senate resolution describing Saudi policy in the Middle East as a “wrecking ball” and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially… Continue Reading  

Will More Women in Congress Mean Better U.S. Foreign Policy?

Jacky Rosen picked up a Senate seat for the Democratic Party in Nevada in the midterm elections (BestStockFoto via Shutterstock)

by Diana Ohlbaum The 116th Congress will seat more women than ever before—at least 125, an increase of 18. These women will be a more diverse group, among them 43 women of color, including the first two Muslim congresswomen, first… Continue Reading  

Multiple Diplomatic Spats with Saudi Arabia

Samar Badawi, flanked by Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton (Wikimedia Commons)

by James M. Dorsey The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human… Continue Reading  

To Veil or Not to Veil—That is a Complex Question

Sweden-Iran-High-Level-Meeting-in-Tehran

by Sussan Tahmasebi Over the last two years, countless trade and diplomatic delegations have traveled to Iran to kick off economic cooperation in diverse sectors from the auto industry and the gas and oil sector to agriculture. In fact, Iran… Continue Reading  

NATO’s Expiration Date

18404879112_5f189d2a16_z

by John Feffer If the number of eager applicants on a waiting list determines the strength of a club, then the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is in fine fettle. At its most recent gathering in July, NATO welcomed its… Continue Reading