Trump: Out of the Graveyard and into the Pyre?

by John Feffer Afghanistan has long been touted as the “graveyard of empires.” The British and the Soviets certainly discovered that lesson to their great regret. Perhaps future historians will judge the failure of the United States to defeat the… Continue Reading  

The Wisdom of the UAE’s Retrenchment

by Paul R. Pillar Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ), crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the de facto chief executive of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), evidently has determined that his principal regional policies have not been working well and require… Continue Reading  

Could Russia Get Its Persian Gulf Port?

by Shireen T. Hunter As tensions in the Persian Gulf have been mounting over the last several weeks, the activities of major international players in the region have also intensified. A major focus of these activities has been the development… Continue Reading  

A Letter to Donald Trump from an Iranian War Veteran

by Habib Ahmadzadeh President Trump, in a recent tweet, claimed that “Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation.” As a world citizen, and a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war with firsthand experience of the bitterness of war,… Continue Reading  

George Orwell’s 1984 Revisited: The Rise of the Civilizationalists

by James M. Dorsey The rise of a critical mass of world leaders including Donald J. Trump, Xi Jinping and others In Europe, Asia and Latin America who are  bent on shaping a new world order in their authoritarian and… Continue Reading