Featured News

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 

A Humiliated Arab World Turns to Islamism

During the 1950s and 60s, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser guided and shaped Arab public opinion. Nasser emerged as the undisputed leader of the Arab world by championing pan-Arabism — a secular ideology that advocated Arab unity and freedom from Western influence. It also championed the liberation of Palestine, a euphemism for the creation of a Pa...    read more 

Islam, Semantic Racketeering and Western Decadence

Muslims may be innocent of the abandon with which violence is being perpetrated in their name. But Islam itself, and both its Muslim and non-Muslim apologists, are beyond guilty; they are complicit. Yet, sparing Islam the hardships of scrutiny and judgment and reevaluation seems to be a new norm of propriety; a modern form of appeasement; a twenty-first cent...    read more 

Did Fears Surrounding the Iran Deal Really Come True?

When the Iranian Nuclear Deal was signed two years ago, critics of the Deal had several concerns about it. This was especially true in Washington and Israel, where opponents voiced concerns that the deal was a catastrophe. But two years in, it is time to judge whether the Iran Deal was a good idea and what its future implications are...    read more 

Nasser’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War

Cairo was the political capital of the Middle East in the 1950s and 1960s. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was the most charismatic ruler in the region, and he tried to become the undisputed leader of the Arab world. In his 1954 memoir, The Philosophy of the Revolution, Nasser revealed his vision of Egypt as a unique geostrategic influence in the Afric...    read more