Pushing Beirut And Baghdad To Comply With Iran Sanctions Is Risky Business

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

by Imad K. Harb President Donald Trump has reimposed an old set of American sanctions on Iran, as well as new ones following his abandonment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last May. For regional neighbours Lebanon and Iraq,… Continue Reading  

Report: Pentagon Contracts Aided Airline With Ties To Azerbaijani Ruling Family

A Silk Way Airlines flight landing at Malpensa Airport in 2011 (Wikimedia Commons / Harald Kinader)

by Joshua Kucera An Azerbaijani airline with close ties to the ruling family was the beneficiary of a large Pentagon contract and an attractive loan by a U.S. government bank, a new investigation has found. The revelations are yet another chapter… Continue Reading  

The Trump Administration Shouldn’t Pressure Oman to Change its Foreign Policy

Omani Sultan Qaboos b. Said Al Said (left) with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim b. Hamad Al Thani

by Giorgio Cafiero Oman’s geography, Islamic identity, and alliances make confronting the threat of violent Islamic fundamentalism a high priority for Muscat. The Sultanate’s proximity to a host of war-torn countries in the Arabian Peninsula, West Asia, and Africa exposes… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Failures in Afghanistan

Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum

by Reese Erlich President Donald Trump is back on the stump, trumpeting his alleged triumphs since the 2016 elections. Somehow, he never mentions Afghanistan.

Arab NATO: An Idea Whose Time Has Not (and May Never) Come

Donald Trump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

by Andrew Miller and Richard Sokolsky The Trump administration, in its preoccupation with containing and rolling back Iranian influence in the Middle East, is pursuing a hare-brained and potentially risky scheme: “a regional security alliance comprised of Egypt, Jordan, and six… Continue Reading