Trump’s Trip and Taking Sides in the Middle East

by Paul R. Pillar President Trump flies to Saudi Arabia with a policy trajectory that involves weighing in heavily in local Middle Eastern rivalries, so much so that there is talk not only of twelve-figure arms sales  to the Saudis… Continue Reading  

Pope Francis—Overturning the Concept of “Just War”

by Graham E. Fuller Pope Francis is on a roll. He has already roiled the waters of western thinking on economics and society by touching on the dangers of western capitalism drifting into socially destructive greed. He has now turned… Continue Reading  

Why Did Rouhani Visit Italy?

by Cinzia Bianco and Giorgio Cafiero When Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani visited Rome last month, Italian and Iranian officials and businessmen signed $22 billion worth of deals in sectors ranging from energy to infrastructure, steel, and shipbuilding. Rouhani’s “charm offensive”… Continue Reading  

Is the Pope’s Safety Threatened by Israeli Jewish Extremists?

by Marsha B. Cohen Israel is putting up more than its usual security measures for the arrival of an important person, Pope Francis, who will be visiting the Holy Land May 24-26. He’ll be the third pope to visit Jerusalem since… Continue Reading