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Saudi Arabia and the United States: Elections Don’t Matter

Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo’s January 24, 2016 piece in the The New York Times is a great primer for anyone who believes the next U.S. President will take anti-Saudi action … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Egypt: Military’s Actions Supported or Ignored

Every day brings new reports of how a resurgent Egyptian government – staffed by the country’s armed forces – is stomping on those who it deems to be an undesirable … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Middle East: To Parent or Guide is the Question

A few days ago, I wrote a post recommending the United States use its ever decreasing influence in the Middle East to develop a coalition of regional powers to counter … Continue reading

January 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

Iraq: Yet Another Opportunity for Regional Cooperation in the Middle East

Over the past few days, the world has seen multiple reports on the advancements made by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq’s infamous Anbar province. According … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Saudi Arabia: Aid to Lebanese Armed Forces Reflects Reduced Confidence in US Policy

Ending 2013 on a high note, the Lebanese Republic (Lebanon) announced that its armed forces would receive a grant of $3 billion from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2014; … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · 5 Comments

Saudi Arabia: The Syria Bombing’s Biggest Benefactor and Beneficiary

Last week, I wrote a post on how it was unclear how Jordan would benefit from the US bombing Syria. Today, I want to focus on the one country that … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Syria: Making the Case for US Intervention

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize the resolution for striking Syria today. The next step is for a full Senate vote that is expected to take place … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment