Syria is a complicated place that offers no one an unqualified win. Instead, it is a land where plans for peace, good governance and stability go to die. And right now, there’s little Washington is willing or able to do about it.
With the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, Trump has made it infinitely harder, if not impossible, for the United States to do what he claims he wants: ask allies to share in the burden of national security.
Development, dissent, and the future of the Arab world.
Tunisia an unprecedented opportunity for a democratic opening.
The recent election was about Tunisians wanting to distance themselves from the failures of established political figures and parties, and who they want to lead them into the future.
It is time to put the hands back on the wheel of diplomacy and steer toward an off-ramp with Iran before it is too late.
Only eight years after the uprising, Tunisians have shown that they learned, reproduced, and know democratic values.
Facing a world in which the White House’s words have lost their weight, Americans will need to reckon with the consequences.
The rules of the game between Iran and Saudi Arabia have changed, and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate was a gruesome twist.
The Saudis killed Khashoggi but President Trump acquiesced in the cover-up and worked hard to protect the U.S.-Saudi relationship and soften the crown prince’s pariah status.
The international community has hitherto broadly considered the government in Cairo to be stable for the long term. These protests, however, confirm that there is dissent beneath the surface that is likely to deepen, not dissipate.
In the absence of well-organised political forces, it has been easy for the army to put itself in the driver’s seat.
The Promoting Security and Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act of 2019 amends ATCA by allowing the PA to accept security assistance without triggering jurisdiction for terrorism-related claims.
Algeria’s military will probably continue its direct and open involvement in politics, despite protests.
There are a number of questions that should be asked about what assumptions lie behind questions asked of visibly Muslim westerners–not only in public life, but more generally in society, too.
For more than four months now, protesters in Algeria have been urging a clean-up of the country's politics and a new constitution.
The disparate militias on the Tripoli front line are only nominally loyal to the weak central government, though it’s paying some of them well to fight. If and when Haftar is defeated, a new contest for power could erupt among the victors.
As protesters continue to call for civilian rule, the army has a number of options available, from withdrawing from politics to cracking down.
By leading a new diplomatic effort to end the conflict and begin reconstruction, Trump could both extricate the U.S. from the conflict and help stabilize the region.
The messages Trump is sending make negotiations with Tehran less and less likely and increase the chance of another ruinous war of choice in the Middle East.