Trump’s Parting Gift to Biden: A More Stable Middle East
He was successful because only an iconoclastic president could have rejected false assumptions and failed strategies.
UAE, Bahrain Brace for a Chillier Biden Approach
Biden will shift focus in the Middle East, but Israeli-Arab normalization will continue.
How Israel’s agreements this year with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates made the Middle East more volatile.
For Netanyahu, Normalization Deals Are a Long-Awaited Vindication
But the White House ceremony is marred by events back in Israel, including his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wedge Politics Won’t Bring Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Kushner’s plan aims to divide Palestinians from their leaders but fails to recognize that the people already resent their corrupt leadership—while failing to place any similar pressure on an Israeli prime minister under indictment.
Economic Band-Aids Won’t Bring Peace to the Middle East
European leaders should not lend support to a Trump administration plan that dangles economic carrots to Palestinians while entrenching the Israeli occupation.
Don’t Dismiss the Bahrain Conference. It Can Help Palestinians.
Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt’s peace plan may not be the deal of the century, but there are interim steps that U.S. officials and Arab leaders could take to help stabilize the West Bank and Gaza.
How the Gulf States Got in Bed With Israel and Forgot About the Palestinian Cause
Benjamin Netanyahu is building ties with anti-Iran Arab leaders from Riyadh to Doha and betting that a peace deal is no longer a necessary prerequisite for normalizing diplomatic ties.
Shame on the Arabs
Many Arab rulers have revealed their moral bankruptcy by rekindling ties with Syria and embracing a war criminal.
FIFA Cares About Cash, Not Players
By allowing a refugee soccer player to remain stranded in Thailand, soccer’s governing body is scoring another own goal.
Qatar’s Ramped-Up Lobbying Efforts Find Success in Washington
But strategic dialogues don’t come cheap.
Egypt Cracks Down, Again
Rainbow flags, political challengers, and citizenship laws are all in Cairo’s crosshairs.
Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War?
The Sunni Gulf powers have long been spoiling for a fight with Iran. This could be just the excuse they need.
Bahrain Tightens the Screws
Years after promising democratic reforms, Bahrain’s government is going after its critics with a new vigor. How long will London and Washington hold their tongues?
Whatever Happened to Bahrain’s Torture Reforms?
Despite promises of change, abuses by police and security services remain commonplace in the kingdom.
How Obama Caved on Bahrain
What’s that sound you hear from the White House on the human rights abuses and brutal autocratic government in Manama? Silence.