August 25, 2015
There’s a bit of confusion about the recent "resignation" of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. What actually happened?
Abbas wears three hats, as his predecessor and mentor Yasser Arafat did: head o…
October 31, 2018
Mohammad bin Salman isn’t just ruining his own reputation—he’s spoiling Washington’s policies across the region.
October 15, 2018
The longer I write about oil, the more I have become convinced that names and faces can change but the basic storylines repeat themselves. For students of history, it might be tempting to say that th…
August 7, 2018
August 6, 2018
Does the United States seek relations with Hamas in Gaza and to undermine the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership in the West Bank? Palestinians officials and insiders asked me this qu…
July 12, 2018
Once upon a time, the Socialist International was an extraordinary organization. Founded in 1951 as a successor to various prior socialist groups, it was staunchly democratic and anti-Communist, and …
June 28, 2018
In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, the president’s son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive or deeply cynical.
May 31, 2018
The latest recurrence of domestic protests in Iran stems from the country’s role in regional wars, combined with corruption and economic mismanagement. This discontent is likely to continue to pose a…
May 15, 2018
Washington has already enabled Israel’s permanent occupation, and with the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem willingly given up a crucial leverage issue with the Israeli government.
April 8, 2018
When President Trump thought about acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the arguments against it were familiar—and had persuaded previous presidents. The secretary of state, Rex Tillerso…