By Matthew Petti The mainstream American view of politics in the Muslim world, and particularly the Middle East, is driven by sectarian identity politics. Persians are Shi'ite, the conventional wisdom goes, and most Arabs are Sunni, so the two factions have coalesced around Iran and Saudi Arabia in the continuation of an age-old struggle for … Continue reading Why the Shia-Sunni Divide Doesn’t Matter As Much As You Think It Does
By Austin Rose On Friday, January 26, President Donald Trump stood before a packed crowd of global elites at the famously ritzy World Economic Forum in Davos and proclaimed that “the United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair economic practices including… industrial subsidies and pervasive state-led economic planning.” Ironically, that very … Continue reading The Problem with Trump’s Tariffs
By Dimitri Alexander Simes, James Marcucci and David Saveliev The United States has launched 188 military interventions in the past sixteen years. By contrast, during the forty-four year-long Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, it only intervened forty-six times. One would think that without the constant, existential threat of the … Continue reading Our Mission
The United States has taken a convoluted and inconsistent stance on Honduras.
By Evan Drukker-Schardl We Americans can be forgiven for complaining about the political whiplash that has bombarded our news cycle in recent months. We dealt with a disorganized White House plagued by scandals and investigations, over inflated reports of the nuclear war threat from North Korea, protests against immigration, taxes, healthcare issues, and even a … Continue reading Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: A Look from Israel
By Andrew Doris President Trump jolted the Korean standoff with a slew of rapid and unexpected changes last month, in one of the busiest weeks for US-North Korean relations in decades. The chaos began on the evening of March 8th, when a South Korean envoy to Washington made a startling announcement from the White House … Continue reading Progress, or Premonition? Trump’s Cabinet Shakeup Raises the Stakes of North Korean Negotiations