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Iran Warns Of Clashes In Gulf With U.S. Warships

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 03.25.2017 | World

Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were “harassing” warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would ...

Emirates' New Athens Flights: A Sharp Poke in the Eye

Rob Britton | Posted 01.26.2017 | Business
Rob Britton

Emirates' recent announcement that they would begin nonstop flights from Newark to Athens on March 12 struck many Washington aviation experts as remar...

Emirates Finally Hits Turbulence

Rob Britton | Posted 01.24.2017 | Business
Rob Britton

Deep in a lengthy Bloomberg Businessweek article on Emirates Airline was a quote that spoke volumes about the airline's strategy and confirmed the cas...

Could Trump Stumble Into An Iran War?

Ryan Costello | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Ryan Costello

Buckle up, America. Donald Trump is President of the United States, and nobody knows precisely what he will do with his newfound power and what the ramifications of his decisions will be.

Saudi Arabia in the Crucible: A Conversation with Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Joseph Braude | Posted 01.03.2017 | World
Joseph Braude

In recent months, several delegations of American diplomats, elected officials, and Middle East specialists have visited the Saudi capital Riyadh, met...

Can Democracy Flourish in the Persian Gulf? Watch Kuwait

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.27.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT--Kuwait's new National Assembly has convened. Almost half of the victors in the November 26 election are members of the opposition...

President-Elect Trump: End U.S. Support for Saudi Arabia's Barbaric War against Yemen

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.11.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The latest ceasefire in Yemen is unlikely to prevent Saudi Arabia from resuming its brutal assault on its impoverished neighbor. The Yemeni people are...

Foreign Support for Hillary Clinton is Strong Argument against Her Candidacy

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

No doubt, Hillary Clinton is the world's candidate for president. The Washington Post titled one article: "The World is Pulling for Clinton." Part o...

Americans Can Sue Saudi Arabia Now. So What?

David Andrew Weinberg | Posted 10.04.2016 | World
David Andrew Weinberg

Congress overrode President Obama's veto on Wednesday for only the first time during his eight years in office. The bill, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), allows victims of terrorism or their families to sue foreign governments they blame for acts of terrorism in America starting with the 9/11 attacks, even if those defendants are not designated by the U.S. as State Sponsors of Terrorism.

7 Iranian Vessels Harass Navy Ship In Gulf

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 09.07.2016 | World

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship changed course after a fast-attack craft from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came within 100 ...

Sunni Jihadism and the Persian Bomb

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Test of Iranian Shahab 3 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile The Associated Press recently revealed the existence of a secret agreement that would ...

Iran to Launch Black Sea-Persian Gulf Corridor With 'Trade Hub' Ambitions

AsiaToday | Posted 07.13.2016 | World

[Tehran, the capital of Iran. Source: Flickr] AsiaToday reporter Lee Mi-hyun - Iran is striving to serve as a trade hub not just for the Middle East ...

Moving Markets: How the Middle East Gets Beyond Oil

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 05.24.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By Amanda Zeidan Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil-exporter, is kick starting non-oil growth by opening to foreign investment for the first time....

Saudi Arabia Needs the U.S. More Than the U.S. Needs Saudi Arabia

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Despite expressing doubts about America's relationship with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama recently flew to Riyadh. Yet again he sought to "reassure" the Saudi royals about U.S. support. In fact, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia raises the question: What are allies for? If the president wants to leave his mark on American foreign policy, he should put distance between America and its most counterproductive partners. Riyadh would be a good place to start. After all, he rightly criticized the Kingdom as among the many "free riders" on U.S. security guarantees. Washington and Saudi Arabia should move to a more normal relationship. There no longer need be the pretense of intimate political friendship.

Tensions in Relationship With Saudis Suggest Difficult Challenges Ahead for US Foreign Policy

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

Late last month, President Barack Obama made his fourth, and likely his last, trip as U.S. president to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to ease growing tensions and reaffirm America's longtime friendship with the kingdom. His trip, however, turned out to be mostly thorny.

Chernobyl's 30th Anniversary (and Fukushima's 5th): A Tale of Preventable Nuclear Accidents and the Vital Role of Safety Culture

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 04.23.2017 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

The world commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant catastrophic accident in Ukraine on April 26, 2016.

Looking for Peace in All the Wrong Places: Stabilizing the Middle East

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.10.2017 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Can the Middle East be stabilized and if so what role should the United States and its allies play in doing so?

The Middle East after ISIS

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.04.2017 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

This week we begin a two part series on a post-ISIS Middle East. In Part I we look at "The Middle East after ISIS." Next week, in Part II, we examine whether a post-ISIS Middle East can be stabilized and what role, if any, the U.S. and its allies can play.

Saudi Arabia Should Be Disturbed, Not Reassured, Since It Poses a Worse Threat to the Middle East Than Iran

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.19.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

Last Month Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Riyadh to reassure the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that the U.S. stood with them. "Nothing has changed" as a result of the nuclear pact with Iran, he insisted.

The Day After the "Implementation Day" of the Nuclear Deal With Iran: Prospects for Scientific Cooperation, Safety and Sustainability in the Persian Gulf

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 12.07.2016 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

Wednesday December 2, 2015 marked a major milestone in the history of peaceful resolution of disputes among nations in the world, when the last step t...

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan's Evolving Alliance

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.21.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

As Middle Eastern conflicts raise tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Pakistan will find it increasingly challenging to navigate through the turmoil while maintaining a meaningful balance in its relationships with Riyadh and Tehran.

Living on a 'Record-Shattering' Planet

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

These days, all you have to do is look around if you want your hair to stand on end on the subject of our future on this planet. Here's just a little relatively random list of recent news on climate-change-related happenings.

The Climate Post: Clean Power Plan Publication Triggers Wave of Challenges

Tim Profeta | Posted 10.30.2016 | Green
Tim Profeta

The recent publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register triggered the filing of lawsuits b...

The UAE's High Stakes in Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Amidst the background of a violent conflict that is destroying Yemen, the UAE seeks to prove to the world that the wealthy emirates are capable of more than just spending billions of dollars to create a first-rate military with advanced weaponry.

The Gulf Conundrum

Saad Khan | Posted 09.18.2016 | World
Saad Khan

There is a need for the opening up of society and social and labor reforms. Money alone can't solve all problems. Archaic laws and dominance of the clergy is another issue, especially in Saudi Arabia. This can't continue for long. Then there is the Syrian crisis.