The Future of UN Peacekeeping in the Middle East

by Dennis Jett If it is one thing that the U.S. government does not like to pay for it is the cost of UN peacekeeping operations. The Trump administration could save American taxpayers about $170 million a year on peacekeeping… Continue Reading  

Israel’s Latest Campaign Against Hezbollah: An Utter Failure?

by Ali Rizk The last few weeks have witnessed intensifying Israeli rhetoric regarding Hezbollah and its alleged receipt of “precision guided missiles” from Iran. Israeli media outlets have stated that Iranian cargo planes made direct flights recently to Beirut, carrying… Continue Reading  

U.S. Escalates against Hezbollah: Israel Happy, EU Not

by Ali Rizk On November 13, the State department designated Jawad Nasrallah—the son of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah—a global terrorist. At the same time, the State department announced a $5 million reward for information on two Hezbollah officials, Khalil… Continue Reading  

Will EU Blacklist All of Hezbollah?

by Eldar Mamedov When President Donald Trump threatened not to waive sanctions on the nuclear deal with Iran (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) unless the agreement´s supposed flaws were “fixed,” he also issued a number of demands… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Counterproductive 4H Fixation in the Middle East

by Eldar Mamedov As the Trump administration projects uncertainty about its plans concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, it has redoubled pressure on its European allies to push back against Iran on unrelated issues, such as… Continue Reading