Iran: Does President Trump Have a Case?

Trump reinstate sanctions against Iran (White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

by Peter Jenkins The Iranian nuclear problem has been on my mind for the last 15 years, and I am a fan of the diplomatic solution that was found in July 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Continue Reading  

A Progressive Response to Saudi Crimes Begins, Not Ends, with Yemen

Protest in London (Ben Gingell via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Donald Trump’s statements and actions are so blatantly awful, so thoroughly misguided and immoral, that he gets blasted from a spectrum of political commentators, from the far left all the way to Lindsey Graham (R-SC). But through… Continue Reading  

Rethinking EU-Saudi relations

Madawi al-Rasheed (Chatham House via Flickr)

by Eldar Mamedov The international pressure for accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist mildly critical of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), is starting to bear fruit. The EU’s 28 foreign ministers, under the stewardship of… Continue Reading  

How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “a Very Dangerous Place”

Coalition air strike in Syria (Orlok via Shutterstock)

by Emile Nakhleh The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it so. President Trump’s bizarre and strange recent statement giving Saudi Crown… Continue Reading  

U.S. Syria Policy Is a Strategic Failure

Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (vector_brothers via Shutterstock)

by Daniel Brumberg U.S. policy toward Syria pivots around vague and potentially incompatible goals that are not linked to adequate means. The White House wants to insure the permanent destruction of the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), expel Iranian and… Continue Reading