Americas

Trail Blazing: Trouble Ahead for First Muslim Women Elected to US Congress

Trail Blazing: Trouble Ahead for First Muslim Women Elected to US Congress?

The election of Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar could prove an inspiration for more to follow in their footsteps, and indeed a movement is afoot to get more Muslims into the political election pipeline. But what trouble lies ahead for these trailblazers?
Trump’s Syria Policy Pushes Iraq Closer to Russia

Trump’s Syria Policy Pushes Iraq Closer to Russia

Amid escalating tension between the U.S. and Iran, Iraq finds itself under enormous pressure.
Morsi’s Brief Tenure as Egypt’s Democratically Elected President

Morsi’s Brief Tenure as Egypt’s Democratically Elected President

Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood rose swiftly to power following the Egyptian revolution that ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak. But his popularity quickly soured and a year later he, like his predecessor, was removed from office. What went wrong?
Should Riyadh and Abu Dhabi Fear Anti-Trump Lawmakers in DC

Should Riyadh and Abu Dhabi Fear Anti-Trump Lawmakers in DC?

Since President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, he has done much to strengthen the United States’ alliances with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Yet in doing so, he has brought these two Gulf states into America’s domestic political arena which may well risk damaging both bilateral relationships with implications that could last far into the post-Trump future of US politics.
Lighting up Mesopotamia Iraq’s Gas Flaring Problem

Lighting up Mesopotamia: Iraq’s Gas Flaring Problem

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump expects Iraq to end imports of oil and natural gas from Iran this winter after it reimposed sanctions on that country in 2018.
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.