Middle East

Iraq: Asking the Right Questions about Civil Disorder

Since October 1 of last year, over 600 Iraqis have been killed and thousands injured in protests throughout the country. The accompanying political and social chaos has strengthened efforts by other nations to interfere in Iraq with deadly effects....

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Narrowing Interests in the Middle East: Planning for Great Power Competition

Download Narrowing Interests in the Middle East: Planning for Great Power Competition  The United States dramatically increased the commitment of ...

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Can Oman Survive Its Own Neighborhood After the Death of Sultan Qaboos?

The small Gulf state of Oman’s identity is closely—if not inextricably—linked with the person of Sultan Qaboos, who passed away on January 10 after nearly 50 years in power. He singlehandedly transformed the country from a sleepy, closed-off country...

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Roundtable: Iranian Missile Attacks in Iraq

On January 7, the Islamic Republic of Iran fired a salvo of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases that host ...

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FPRI Targeted in Online Disinformation Campaign

In a twist of the old adage that all politics is local—even international politics—last week the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) may have been a victim of the escalating tensions between Iran and the United States. On New Year’s...

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Snatching Strategic Defeat from the Jaws of Tactical Victory in the Middle East

The strategic implications from President Donald Trump’s tactical decision to kill General Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), will only become manifestly clear with the passage of time and the benefit of hindsight. Immediate...

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Roundtable: The NDAA: Congress and the Middle East

Last week, Congress reached consensus on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the $783 billion bill that funds the Department ...

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Transatlantic Trialogue: Turkey, the Syrian War, and the Future of the Transatlantic Alliance

Download Transatlantic Trialogue: Turkey, the Syrian War, and the Future of the Transatlantic Alliance Tensions over Syria have negatively impacted ...

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Roundtable: Iranian Missiles on Parade

On December 4, 2019, the New York Times reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran had exported ballistic missiles to its non-state clients in Iraq. The news is similar to Tehran’s activities in Yemen, where Iranian forces have sent...

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An American Failure: CAATSA and Deterring Russian Arms Sales

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