By Michael Purzycki |
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.
By Michael Sexton |
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.
By Anthony Consalvo |
Smartphones will gain geostrategic significance. The Gulf States, through Apple and Huawei, have aligned with the United States and China, respectively. Their strategic importance makes them noteworthy test cases in the rising geostrategic significance of supply chains.
By Michael Purzycki |
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.
By Jonathan Stutte |
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…
By Jeffrey Nahm |
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.
By Omar Abdellatif |
Oman’s recent transition of power was surprisingly peaceful thanks to a few key factors and limited expectations for the new Sultan.
By Kathryn Urban |
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.