Authors: Steven A. Cook and Hussein Ibish The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
Since the ruling Justice and Development Party took power in November 2002, Turkey’s relations with Gulf Arab states have gone through four distinct phases, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. Turkey started out as a good neighbor and problem solver before it made a bid for regional leadership, which led to a period of estrangement and then an uneasy rapprochement today.
“I think we all need answers…. I’m not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered.” Those are the words not of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Tom Perez or any other partisan Democrat but of former President George W. Bush, speaking Monday, and the questions pertain to Russia’s role in trying to rig the 2016 presidential election.
The likelihood that a deep state exists in the United States seems far-fetched, argues CFR’s Steven A. Cook. However, as in Egypt and Turkey, Americans are turning to conspiratorial explanations to make sense of the often bewildering turn of events in a highly polarized and charged political environment.
Experts discuss U.S. policy options toward Russia including continued sanctions, possible cooperation with Russia in Syria, and responding to increased tensions surrounding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The U.S. under President Donald Trump does not actually seem to have a foreign policy. To be exact, it has several foreign policies — and it is not obvious whether anyone, including the president himself, speaks for the entire administration.
It is perhaps too much to hope for, but it would be a pleasant surprise if Republicans treated Kremlingate as seriously as they treated the issue of Clinton’s email server or the Benghazi attack. There is a desperate need for a credible, bipartisan investigation to get to the bottom of this murky business, and the president should welcome such an inquiry if he has nothing to hide.
The United States should strengthen Russia's neighbors to deter and defend against aggression, but also reactivate dialogue with Moscow and hold off on bringing Ukraine or Georgia into NATO, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington demonstrated that the tensions in U.S.-Israeli relations during the Obama administration are over and that the Trump administration intends to pursue a peace process.
The single-minded pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood has become the guiding principle of Egypt’s foreign and domestic policies, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. These policies, however, are proving counterproductive and destabilizing to the lives of Egyptians as well as Gazans, Libyans, and Syrians.
During Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans complained, with good reason, about the Potomac River-wide gap between the president’s words and his actions — in particular about his failure to enforce the “red line” over chemical weapons use in Syria. But under Donald Trump the gap has expanded to the size of the Grand Canyon — large enough to swallow his presidency and the country’s international reputation with it.
Though retired U.S. Army Colonel Derek Harvey, who oversees Middle Eastern affairs in the National Security Council, has mainstream ideas about combatting extremism, containing Iran, and stabilizing Iraq, his underlying ideas about how to achieve these goals are either confused, uninformed, or burdened with unhelpful ideology, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook.
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