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Syrian Readmission into the Arab League; Will it? Won’t it? Does it Even Matter Anymore?

As the Syrian Civil War slowly draws to a close, diplomatic, strategic and ethical questions come to the forefront of the Arab League, which will debate Syria's readmission later this month.

Brexit’s Impact on UK-Middle East Relations

This past month, the British Prime Minister Theresa May and her government have scrambled to break the parliamentary deadlock, following the proposal’s January 15th defeat. The race against the March 29th deadline has thrust many questions into the fold regarding Britain’s divorce from the European Union and has cast doubts on whether a negotiated deal…

Pivot from the Middle East

Near the end of 2018, President Trump announced, via Twitter, that the United States would withdraw the roughly 2,000 troops it had deployed to Syria. It is believed that this apparent surprise announcement was a contributing factor in Secretary of Defense Mattis’s decision to resign. In addition to losing a Secretary of Defense, the decision…

The United States and Saudi Arabia: Is Partnership Necessary?

Jamal Khashoggi’s death has called into question the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When a Saudi critic and lawful permanent resident of the United States is murdered, apparently at the behest of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Americans will naturally wonder whether an ostensible U.S. ally really should…

Syrian Women and the Peace Process: An Argument for Inclusion

How lessons learned from Bosnia’s post-conflict reconstruction can be applied to Syria

Renewing US-Turkey Ties

The Middle East has been important to the United States’ strategy since the 1940s and throughout the Cold War. As a member of NATO, Turkey held a special place in the region as one of the United States’ closest allies. Turkish and American soldiers fought side by side in the Korean War, and Turkey has…

No Peace for Afghanistan

Summary: The 2020 U.S.-Taliban agreement and subsequent U.S. troop withdrawal established conditions for a lasting war between the Taliban and Afghan government. Both too weak to dominate, there is no end in sight.

Selling ClearviewCombat Facial Recognition to Israel Would Be a Grave Mistake

Allowing the sale of lethal drone-compatible facial recognition technology to Israel would facilitate human rights abuses, make the US complicit, and open a Pandora’s box that can’t be closed.

Searching for Diplomacy in Libya

Even as actors in Libya’s civil war push for an end to hostilities, the entrenched economic and geo-political interests of international actors seem to preclude lasting peace. Unless the international community rethinks its priorities, a diplomatic solution may not be possible.

Why Would Turkey Need Nuclear Weapons?

Recent comments made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have stoked fears that Turkey might pursue nuclear weapons. So why would Turkey need nuclear weapons, and how serious was Erdogan?

Oil and Stability: Good Enough to Keep the US in the Gulf?

For decades, the safe transportation of oil from the Persian Gulf has been a major security concern for the United States. But there are reasons for the U.S. to reevaluate whether it truly needs to invest military resources in protecting it.

The Iran Cables and Beyond: A Conversation with Murtaza Hussain

Managing Editor Mike Sexton spoke with The Intercept's Murtaza Hussain about the recently released Iran Cables investigative piece -- and what they tell us about the region's future.