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Actions vs. Words: The US Approaches to Libya and Syria

Quick intervention in Libya prevented a massacre. Empty words did nothing to halt massacres in Syria. Ten years after the Arab Spring, leaders should learn this lesson.

Multilateralism is the Key to the Biden Administration’s Saudi Relationship

Prior to his election, US President Joe Biden promised a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia, calling the Middle Eastern country a pariah over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Canceling pending arms sales to the Saudis suggested that Biden would make good on his promise to reorient relations with Riyadh. However, the release of a…

Turkey’s Pursuit of Regional Hegemony

Since the 2011 Arab Spring, Turkey has increased their level of involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. President Erdogan aims to increase his nation's regional influence amidst traditional heavyweights such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Turkey's intimate involvement in the Libyan Civil War is just the culmination of a decade's long crusade of regional power.

ISIS Is Not Resurging, but It May Be Evolving

Although ISIS numbers remain well under 2017 levels, recent attacks have demonstrated a new pattern of well-organized, multi-faceted strikes on police and military targets.

Qaboos to Haitham: Oman’s Uncharacteristically Smooth Transition of Power

Oman’s recent transition of power was surprisingly peaceful thanks to a few key factors and limited expectations for the new Sultan.

Review of Noah Feldman’s The Arab Winter: A Tragedy

Building on a renowned body of work on legal and political theory, Noah Feldman’s "The Arab Winter: A Tragedy" deftly weaves together three case studies: Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia to examine political self-determination during the Arab spring and subsequent Arab winter.

Can the U.S. Senate Reshape the Yemen War

As the Trump Administration has been unwilling to confront Saudi Arabia over Yemen, Congress should step in. The Senate has made the first move, but the House must follow suit to show the world US foreign policy is anchored in its human rights ideals.

Exploring the ‘What If?’ in Middle East Peace

Understanding the Middle East's cartography is key to resolving the region's contemporary conflicts. The King-Crane Commission explores this "alternative history."

Do States Have a “Right to Exist”?

The recent resurgence of violence between Israel and Palestine brings questions of national sovereignty and a state's "right to exist" back into focus, but is it the time for philosophical questions?

A New Type of Money: Iran’s Hope to Bypass U.S. Sanctions

The US is struggling to adapt to the emerging digital market and cryptocurrencies. This creates potential security gaps which actors like Iran have the potential to exploit.

Tunisia’s Enduring (But Fragile) Democracy

Tunisia provides a stark rebuttal for anyone who thinks of the Arab Spring as a failure. But democratic institutions do not defend themselves; they need citizens to stand up for them.

The Case for U.S. Disengagement in Yemen

In light of the changing nature of the US-Saudi alliance, the US should withdraw support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, to alter incentive structures for further violence and help facilitate humanitarian relief.