Might a Beleaguered Trump Go to War…Against Iran?

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by Jim Lobe Let’s assume for a minute—and it’s a perfectly reasonable assumption under the circumstances—that President Trump’s political problems and popularity only get worse over the next months, both before and after the elections. What with anonymous “senior officials,”… Continue Reading  

The Ugly Destination of Trump’s Iran Policy

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by Paul R. Pillar President Trump’s belligerent, all-caps tweet about Iran this past weekend is hardly a natural response to anything the Iranians have been saying or doing lately. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did make a speech on Sunday in… Continue Reading  

OPEC and President Trump: His Tweets Don’t Matter

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by Thomas W. Lippman There are several possible explanations for the tweet President Trump sent out on Wednesday criticizing the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the continuing rise in the price of oil. One is that he simply… Continue Reading  

Arab Gulf States: Assault on Online Activists

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by Human Rights Watch Gulf governments have sustained their campaigns to silence peaceful critics during the first half of 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, updating an interactive website, created in November 2016, featuring targeted human rights activists. On July 10,… Continue Reading  

Trump and Bin Laden: Messaging Wizards

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by Emile Nakhleh Of the many critical factors that contributed to President-elect Trump’s victory none is more central than his messaging. His words, descriptions of his opponents, and pithy calls for political “jihad” among his army of believers are not… Continue Reading