U.S. relations with Turkey continue to deteriorate. It appears this most recent disagreement stems from Turkey's decision to purchase Russia’s S-400 missile-defense system.
The attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz have placed Iran under renewed scrutiny. Merely one month after four vessels travelling through the Strait were sabotaged, last week’s incident risks bringing the region closer to armed conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu announced last week that Israeli voters would be going to the polls for a second time this year. The announcement followed Mr. Netanyahu’s failure to secure the support of a majority of the parliament for a new term.
U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened once again to use trade tariffs as a means of coercive diplomacy. Mr. Trump’s threats against Mexico come amidst a widening and deepening trade war against China that has introduced uncertainty into the global market.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been vocal about his desire to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine.
Last week’s sabotage of oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz and a recent drone attack on a Saudi oil refinery by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have increased talk of war with Iran in regional dailies.
The reported sabotage of several oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz has done more than raise global anxiety over oil prices.
Yet another cycle of violence between Israel and Palestine started and ended over the weekend, prompting regional observers to write some familiar op-eds. Outside of Israel, many condemned the disproportionate violence against the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.
Egyptian voters have overwhelmingly approved constitutional reforms extending the length of presidential terms, enabling President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi to continue ruling for the next decade.
The Trump administration announced this week that it would no longer extend an exemption waiver for oil imports from Iran to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy or Greece. The removal of the waiver marks an increase in U.S.