Trump’s Middle East Policy Is All About His Base

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by Seth Binder Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was expected to outline the Trump administration’s grand strategy for the Middle East in his speech at the American University of Cairo earlier this month, but he did not even lay out… Continue Reading  

Solar Power and the Yemeni Civil War

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by Austin Bodetti Little about Yemen would suggest that it represents the next frontier for renewable energy. Since 2015, the Yemeni government, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have fought Iranian-backed Houthi rebels for control of the country as… Continue Reading  

The UAE Lobby in the European Union Fails to Convince

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by Eldar Mamedov In a major effort to boost its international image, the United Arab Emirates launched on January 9 an exhibition in the European Parliament (EP) highlighting its relief and humanitarian aid activities around the world. Prior to the… Continue Reading  

Pompeo: Iran Threat Inflation Eludes Search For Allies

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by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi “Nations are rallying to our side to confront Iran in the region like never before,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a major foreign policy speech in Cairo on January 10. Claiming that his administration… Continue Reading  

Focus on the Political in Yemen

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by Alireza Ahmadi Despite meager progress in United Nations-led negotiations between the warring sides in Yemen, a cessation of hostilities, never mind a durable peace, is not likely to follow soon. After all, political barriers still stand. As Chatham House’s… Continue Reading