Pollack Book on Arab Militaries Misses Mark

Kenneth Pollack (Miller Center via Wikipedia)

by James Spencer “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” Albert Einstein allegedly said. As two of the longest wars America has fought may be drawing to a close, perhaps the United States… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Doomed Quest for a Middle East Strategic Alliance

Mike Pompeo with the UAE's  Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (State Department via Flickr)

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  

It’s Time to Let Go of America’s 18-year Afghan War

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by Aaron David Miller, Steven Simon, and Richard Sokolsky Reports that US and Taliban negotiators have reached a tentative framework for withdrawing American forces from Afghanistan have set the foreign policy establishment’s hair on fire. A former US ambassador described… Continue Reading  

Welcome Diplomatic Progress on Afghanistan

Zalmay Khalilzad (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar Much remains to be negotiated, but the partial agreement reached between the United States and the Afghan Taliban is a positive development. Commendation for this progress is in order for the Trump administration and for U.S.… Continue Reading  

The Demise of USAID Efforts in the West Bank and Gaza

Osamah Abu Al-Rub, a strawberry farmer in the West Bank, began receiving USAID assistance in 2014 (USAID via Flickr)

by Larry Garber Twenty years ago, I was assigned to manage the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) program in the West Bank and Gaza. At the time, the region was awash with optimism. Peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians… Continue Reading