Middle East

U.S. Sanctions and Turkey’s Purchase of Russia’s S-400 Air Defense System

Despite two years of signaling and eight months of rushed bilateral negotiations between the United States and Turkey to forestall Ankara’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defense system, Turkey just received the first delivery of S-400 components. Acquiring Russian...

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Neither Peace nor Prosperity: Jared Kushner’s Middle East Peace Plan Falls Flat in Bahrain

As navy patrol ships circled the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay, Manama, a group of finance ministers and business elite from Europe, Israel, and the Arab world gathered to discuss purportedly imaginative interventions to transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....

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Abha Airport Missile Attack: Understanding the Houthi-Iranian Logic in Escalation

On June 12, the Houthi-run Yemeni al-Masirah channel announced that the movement had successfully used a cruise missile to hit the control tower at the airport in Abha, Saudi Arabia, putting it out of operation. Shortly thereafter, Saudi officials...

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Dealing with Iran Will Not Be Enough to Restore Regional Stability

As U.S.-Iranian tensions mount amidst increasing pressures of intensified U.S. economic sanctions and apparent Iranian-linked attacks on Gulf shipping, U.S. policymakers will be understandably focused on the military dimension of confronting and deterring Iran. However, neither the American public...

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Roundtable: U.S. Accuses Iran of Committing Tanker Attacks

On Thursday, June 13, 2019, two tankers, the Kokuka Courageous and the MT Front Altair, were damaged in explosions in the Gulf of Oman, after transiting through the Strait of Hormuz. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at...

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Moscow’s Hand in Libya

Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA), has charged Tripoli to topple Fayez al-Sarraj, the Prime Minister ...

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Missiles on Ships. Making Sense of Iran’s Recent Moves in the Gulf

Yet again, there is a dramatic rise in tension in the Middle East, and, yet again, missiles are at the heart of it. On May 6, the Trump administration announced that it would deploy the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier...

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Why Turkey and America Cannot Compromise in Syria

After three days of talks in Turkey, representatives from Washington and Ankara failed to reach agreement on the terms of a proposed safe zone in northeastern Syria. The two sides, treaty allies since 1952, share such widely divergent interests...

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Trump’s Embrace of Haftar Will Reignite Libya’s Proxy War

General Khalifa Haftar, the military commander of the loosely affiliated Libyan National Army (LNA), a militia that receives military support from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and Egypt, has engaged with the world’s top...

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Russia’s Repatriation of ISIS Members

On March 25, the Kurdish-led and American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) transferred three Russian orphans, aged five to seven, to a Russian government delegation in northeast Syria. The transfer marked the beginning of the repatriation process for children of...

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