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Will the social unrest in Iran affect the regime’s regional policies?

Iranians’ protests over a weak economy and poor living conditions appear to be the largest to strike the country since the riots against the fraudulent presidential election in 2009. The unrest, primarily sparked by a surge in prices of food supplies, included chants of “Death to the dictator” and “Death to Khamenei.”...    read more 

Iran has driven Israel and the Gulf Arab states together

Quietly since 2002, several Sunni Arab rulers have shifted away from their long-standing hostility toward Israel to focus on the threat posed by Iran. They have acted in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative, also known as the Saudi peace plan, which called on the Arab League to terminate belligerency with Israel. It also envisioned [&hellip...    read more 

Trump’s Nothingburger: A Hanukkah Gift for Putin?

For the past seven-odd years, every time we drove a family member to the shiny new US Consulate-General in Jerusalem on visa or passport business, I was sure the huge edifice was actually an embassy-in-waiting. The United States was committed by act of Congress – from long before the building went up — to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerus...    read more 

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe is Gone, But What About His Enablers?

Detained by the same armed forces that had long helped keep him in power, repudiated by the very Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) liberation movement-cum-political party he co-founded, facing hundreds of thousands of peaceful (even celebratory) protesters calling for his ouster, and confronting the prospect of a humiliating impeachme...    read more 

Will Iran Stick to the JCPOA if Trump Refuses to Re-certify It?

Tension is building in Washington and Tehran as the date for re-certifying Iran as compliant with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nears.  Certification of the agreement every 90 days by the American administration is not part of the JCPOA. Rather, it was imposed on the Obama administration by the Republican-led Congress, which passed [&he...    read more 

The Pervasiveness of anti-Semitism in Jordanian Media—and Prospects for Change

The Kingdom of Jordan relies on American support to prevent terrorist infiltration from Islamic State and other Salafi-Jihadist threats; alleviate the economic burden strained by a massive influx of Syrian refugees; and achieve a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...    read more 

Iran Seeks Neo-Protectorate in Syria

The six-year civil war in Syria has propelled relations with Iran to a new level of importance on a par, according to some Iranian officials, with Iran’s control over parts of its own territory. In Iran’s security doctrine, Syria serves as strategic depth to deflect attacks from Israel, the Islamic State or a Saudi-led Sunni [&hellip...    read more 

How Fake News Becomes Fake History

Next Tuesday (July 18) marks the 45th anniversary of an extraordinary event in Middle Eastern, indeed global, annals – or rather, an exemplary case of deception that should serve as a cautionary tale and object lesson for practitioners and students alike...    read more 

The Trump-Putin Sideline and the Syria Conflict

On July 7, U.S. president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Among the topics certain to come up is the Syria conflict, an area on which the two leaders will struggle to find common ground. AL-SHAYRAT STRIKE AND AFTERMATH With regard to Syria, the April [&hellip...    read more 

Moscow Carefully Assessing International Energy Scene

As the Saudi-led sanctions against Qatar raise concerns about liquefied natural gas (LNG) export prospects, Russia is weighing its options. The Middle East is key to Russia’s Energy Strategy to 2030, adopted in 2009. The document calls not only for Russia to diversify its gas exports to decrease dependence on European consumers, but to creat...    read more