Is the United Arab Emirates Really Our Friend?

Mike Pompeo meets with Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (State Department via Flickr)

by William D. Hartung Unlike Saudi Arabia, which has been strongly rebuked for its murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its strikes against civilians in Yemen, the other major U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has… Continue Reading  

The Dark Side of the UAE

Matthew Hedges (BBC Radio)

by Eldar Mamedov On February 19, the Sub-Committee on Human Rights of the European Parliament, jointly with the Delegation for Relations with the Arabian Peninsula, held a hearing on the situation of human rights in Persian Gulf countries. The event… Continue Reading  

Next Steps in Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani (Gints Ivuskans via Shutterstock)

by Alia Ahmed In an about-turn of its two decades-old policy on Afghanistan, President Donald Trump tweeted in mid-December his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan (and Syria). Until September last year, the United States had held firmly to… Continue Reading  

Pompeo: The Real Threat to U.S. National Security

Mike Pompeo (lev radin via Shutterstock)

by Lawrence Wilkerson I know something about U.S. secretaries of state lying to the American people and the international community. I assisted one of them to do so on February 5, 2003 before the United Nations Security Council. Yes, Colin Powell and… 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