Drone Strikes and Shrouding the Costs of War

by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration has discontinued an annual report, which President Obama had instituted by executive order, that made public the number of counterterrorist strikes by manned or unmanned U.S. aircraft outside declared war zones, along with… Continue Reading  

Washington Should Challenge Riyadh Over Treatment of Women Activists

by Brian Dooley The news last Friday that Saudi Arabia will send tortured women’s rights activists to trial is another key test of U.S.-Saudi relations. The announcement came just three days after President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner, met with Saudi Arabia’s… Continue Reading  

Freedom Rings Faintly from the U.S.

by Paul R. Pillar The watchdog organization Freedom House recently released its latest annual report on the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world. The picture is mixed as always, with many reasons for pessimism along with… Continue Reading  

The Wall

by John Feffer Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else.

Hariri’s Focus: Economy Not Hezbollah

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz After a nine-month deadlock, the Lebanese have a new but predictable cabinet of ministers. Rotation of leadership is rare in the Middle East. Both Prime Minister Saad Hariri (a pro-Saudi Sunnite leader) and Gebran Bassil (the… Continue Reading