Trump: Lurching towards a New Foreign Policy?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump (Wikimedia Commons)

by Graham Fuller If the rise of strong new powers like China poses a challenge to the older US-dominated geopolitical order, what about about the converse? The challenge to the international order created by a declining and erratic great power… Continue Reading  

U.S. Troop Withdrawals Threaten Greater Gulf Assertiveness

Mohammad bin Salman and Donald Trump

by James M. Dorsey As far as Gulf leaders are concerned, President Donald J. Trump demonstrated with his announced US troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan [reports of the latter have been disputed by the Trump administration] that his insistence that the… Continue Reading  

Why Iran Is Not the Winner in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

by Shireen T. Hunter After Donald Trump declared that he was pulling U.S. forces out of Syria, nearly all commentators declared that Iran would be one of the major beneficiaries–if not the major beneficiary–of the move. This is not surprising,… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Syria Decision and Its Implications for Iran

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi President Donald Trump has roiled both the Middle East and the American foreign policy establishment with the startling announcement that he is withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria. That decision, prompting the resignation of Secretary of Defense… Continue Reading  

The World According to the “Adults in the Room”

Outgoing Secretary of Defense James Mattis and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Wikimedia Commons)

by Danny Sjursen Leave it to liberals to pin their hopes on the oddest things. In particular, they seemed to find post-Trump solace in the strange combination of the two-year-old Mueller investigation and the good judgment of certain Trump appointees,… Continue Reading