Americas

Revisiting the “Arab NATO” Idea A Futile Effort

Revisiting the “Arab NATO” Idea: A Futile Effort?

Trump administration officials are trying to assuage the concerns of Washington’s close allies in the Middle East about the American president’s leadership and the White House’s flip-flopping on foreign policy issues.
Does Supporting the Saudi-UAE-Led Coalition in the War in Yemen Serve U.S. Interests?

Does Supporting the Saudi-UAE-Led Coalition in the War in Yemen Serve U.S. Interests?

The U.S. administration's support for the Saudi-UAE-led military intervention in Yemen has proved unsuccessful in its objective to curb Iran’s influence in the region.
How U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia Are Prolonging the War in Yemen

How U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia Are Prolonging the War in Yemen

The U.S. heads the list of countries supporting the ongoing war in Yemen. Despite international calls for Washington to end its support for the conflict, the flow of U.S. arms and support to the Saudi-UAE-led coalition in Yemen remains uninterrupted as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” continues to escalate.
Turkey to Gain from US Pullout in Northern Syria It’s Complicated

Turkey to Gain from US Pullout in Northern Syria? It’s Complicated

The Turkish government welcomes President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces out of northern Syria, effectively ending Washington’s role as an on-the-ground protector of Ankara’s arch-enemy, the Kurdish YPG.
Can Washington Count on Saudi Arabia to Rebuild Syria

Can Washington Count on Saudi Arabia to Rebuild Syria?

The regime of Bashar al-Assad has “won” the Syrian conflict, but the Syrian people are far from living in a peaceful or stable country. The United Nations (UN) estimates that Syria’s reconstruction will cost at least $250 billion.
The Royal Treatment Riyadh's Influential Political Lobby in Washington

The Royal Treatment: Riyadh’s Influential Political Lobby in Washington

Saudi Arabia has spent millions of dollars on public relations campaigns to enhance its image and promote its national interests on Capitol Hill. Recent global events, however, may temporarily deter Saudi Arabia’s powerful lobby in Washington and undermine Riyadh’s ability to achieve its long-term political goals in the Middle East—and beyond.
Mattis Resignation a Big Loss for America’s Gulf Allies

Mattis Resignation a Big Loss for America’s Gulf Allies

James Mattis’ resignation as US Secretary of Defense is causing shockwaves worldwide. Especially unsettled are the leaders of Arab Gulf states which see negative implications for US-GCC relations.
#HearMeToo Arab Women Raise Their Voices in “16 Days of Activism”

#HearMeToo: Arab Women Raise Their Voices in “16 Days of Activism”

The International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the following 16 Days of Activism that are now underway, are a reminder that gender-based violence (GBV) is still prevalent throughout the world, and that proactive engagement and education are the only way to eradicate it.

Death of Two Saudi Sisters in New York Leave Unanswered Questions

The mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths of two young Saudi sisters in New York City have spurred a still-unresolved investigation and provoked speculations that Saudi Arabia’s repressive society is partly to blame.
Ilhan Omar and the Diversity Dilemma

The US Elections and the Diversity Dilemma

Ilhan Omar, one of the two first Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress, presents herself as “the president’s nightmare.” But in a country crippled by inattention to the stunning rise of domestic terrorism and a self-described “nationalist” president, a hijab-wearing Muslim woman is like catnip to white supremacists.