The announcement and subsequent withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Syrian-Turkish border has caught many by surprise. It has sparked accusations of American betrayal, and even elicited some strong responses from the U.S. president’s allies in Congress.
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.
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.
This week saw the gathering in Bahrain of government and business representatives from across the region to participate in the launch of the first phase of the so-called "Deal of the Century." However, the proposal has failed to garner the support of the Palestinians who decided to boycott the ec
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.
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.