Middle East

Protest against Bouteflika

Plus Ҫa Change? Why True Change in Algeria Will be Difficult

Like many others around the world who have visited Algeria and follow its politics, I have been watching intently the development of the post-Bouteflika...

Golan Heights: America Is Getting Better at Undermining International Law

The U.S. president Donald Trump has recently signed a proclamation to officially recognize Golan Heights as Israeli territory, an area measuring seven hundred square...
Golan Heights

The Golan Heights: What’s at Stake With Trump’s Recognition

President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights upends a half century of U.S. policy. The strategically important plateau has been widely considered...
An Iraqi soldier pulls security while awaiting further orders as part of a combined training event at Camp Taji, Iraq

Can Da’ish Reappear in Iraq?

On March 6, an ambush set by Da'ish in Kirkuk led to killing many of Iraqi Popular Mobilization fighters, which is considered a negative...
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Erdogan’s Kurdish Fighters

Shortly after 2018 re-election, Turkey’s Erdogan received a phone call from President Trump. Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed it was intended to “reaffirm the strong...
President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Washington, Another Stage in the Israeli Electoral Race

Last week was marked by important events affecting Israeli-American relations. On March 25, the United States recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights which...
President Emmanuel Macron

Macron Sets His Eyes on Countering China in East Africa

The latest leader to join the bandwagon in criticizing China’s economic engagement with other countries, as well as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)...

Why Are Algerians Protesting? It’s Not Against Bouteflika.

I visited Algeria in 2013, in the months before the field came together for the 2014 presidential election, and before the Algerian public knew...
FM Mohammad Javad Zarif

Javad Zarif, Mossadegh and the “Art of Political Theatre”

The legacy of Mohammad Mossadegh in modern Iran is, to say the least, controversial. The late Iranian prime minister, deposed in 1953 in a...

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