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Thu, Feb 20, 2020

To deter Iran, the Gulf states need stronger navies

The Gulf states should follow Washington’s lead in restoring deterrence in the face of the desperate regime in Tehran.

MENASource by Daniel J. Samet

Iran Middle East

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

American passivity and weakness shine in Idlib province

In a tribute to foreign policy continuity, the Trump administration upholds its predecessor’s Syria policy of gratuitously communicating passivity and weakness to adversaries.

MENASource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Why Arab Sunnis are disengaged from Iraq’s protests

If Sunni politicians and powerful tribal chiefs back an upheaval in Arab Sunni areas, they would risk losing the political and economic gains realized by their alliance with Iran-backed political powers and could face repression and marginalization.

MENASource by Tamer Badawi

Iraq Middle East

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Should the Palestinians look a gift horse in the mouth?

Palestinian policymakers might not actually want all that cash. This is in part because of the challenges associated with spending such a vast sum.

MENASource by Kyle Thetford

Israel Middle East

Tue, Feb 4, 2020

Absence at Berlin conference highlights Tunisia’s difficult challenges

So-called marginalization at the Libya Peace Summit in Berlin aroused strong feelings of resentment among Tunisians, exacerbating the country’s already difficult economic, social, and political challenges.

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi

Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

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Thu, Feb 20, 2020

To deter Iran, the Gulf states need stronger navies

The Gulf states should follow Washington’s lead in restoring deterrence in the face of the desperate regime in Tehran.

MENASource by Daniel J. Samet

Iran Middle East

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

American passivity and weakness shine in Idlib province

In a tribute to foreign policy continuity, the Trump administration upholds its predecessor’s Syria policy of gratuitously communicating passivity and weakness to adversaries.

MENASource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Why Arab Sunnis are disengaged from Iraq’s protests

If Sunni politicians and powerful tribal chiefs back an upheaval in Arab Sunni areas, they would risk losing the political and economic gains realized by their alliance with Iran-backed political powers and could face repression and marginalization.

MENASource by Tamer Badawi

Iraq Middle East

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Should the Palestinians look a gift horse in the mouth?

Palestinian policymakers might not actually want all that cash. This is in part because of the challenges associated with spending such a vast sum.

MENASource by Kyle Thetford

Israel Middle East

Tue, Feb 4, 2020

Absence at Berlin conference highlights Tunisia’s difficult challenges

So-called marginalization at the Libya Peace Summit in Berlin aroused strong feelings of resentment among Tunisians, exacerbating the country’s already difficult economic, social, and political challenges.

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi

Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

The two-state solution comes back

The one-state solution is dead. The two-state solution may have a faint heartbeat, but it is unmistakably alive. Now, at least, we know where we are supposed to end up. All we have to do is to work backwards to find out what it will take to get from here to there.

MENASource by Thomas S. Warrick

Israel Middle East

Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Let’s make a deal of the century

Hopes for an immediate breakthrough toward a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians remain bleak.

MENASource by Shalom Lipner

Israel Middle East

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

China’s Persian Gulf strategy: Keep Tehran and Riyadh content

The current tensions between Washington and Tehran have been a major stress test for China’s Persian Gulf strategy.

MENASource by Julia Gurol and Jacopo Scita

China Iran

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Repairing Iraq’s relations with the United States

Partners for mutual or overlapping national security objectives, like the governments in Baghdad and Washington, need a sustained dialogue.

MENASource by David Mack

Iraq Middle East

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Consequences of Iraq’s vote to end Coalition troop presence

The parliament’s vote on January 5 was driven by emotional rhetoric of sovereignty and patriotism that left no space for dissent and implicitly accused anyone going against the current of betraying Iraq’s sovereignty. The vote displayed majoritarian rule at its worst with the underlying premise that the Shia religious groups can and will determine the interests of Iraq and determine its future, to the exclusion of other communities. The views of Kurds and Sunnis, and indeed of more secular Shia groups, were ignored, with the implication that their patriotism is suspect.

MENASource by Rend Al-Rahim

Conflict Iraq