The problem with the concept of national security — a modern version of the notion of “raison d’état” — is that it is an invitation to lawlessness.
Social and Humanitarian Concerns
James Barr is acquiring an enviable reputation for an ability to pen narrative histories aimed at a popular audience that address the West’s involvement in shaping the politics of the Middle East during the 20th century.
Tensions in the region are high following drone and cruise missile attacks on two of Saudi Aramco’s major oil facilities in Khurais and Abqaiq, thus temporarily disrupting five percent of the global oil supply and leading to a spike in oil prices.
Days before parliamentary elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has declared that under his government the Israeli government would not relinquish control of the Jordan Valley and other parts of Palestinian territory in the West Bank.
The agreement between the United States and Turkey to establish a “peace corridor” or safe zone in northern Syria appears to be holding for the moment. Last month’s agreement envisioned the joint patrolling of the area by both U.S.
U.S. military support for the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has been an enduring problem for the U.S.