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August 25, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Did Mahmoud Abbas Just Resign?

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 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Déjà vu, Saudi Style

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…

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as he welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018.

August 6, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Reading The Trump Administration in Ramallah

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…

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July 12, 2018

Israel
The Sad Fate of the Socialist International

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 …

May 15, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Damage Done in Jerusalem

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.

A Palestinian demonstrator with a slingshot looks on during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City.

April 8, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Gaza and Jerusalem

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…

April 5, 2018

Corruption
Corruption in the Palestinian Authority

Civil Society does exist in the Palestinian territories, and one of the strongest organizations is the one that fights corruption: The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity. It was established i…

The building of what used to be a Palestinian presidential palace is seen after it was turned into a national library, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 28, 2017.

March 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Thirty Years of U.S. Arms Sales to Middle East Endogenous to Unstable Oil Prices, Research Shows

As the White House hosts Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman today, policy makers need to be reminded that any new arms sales across the Middle East could become part of a repeating pernicious cyc…

Saudi soldiers walk by oil tanker trucks delivered by Saudi authorities to support charities and NGOs in Marib, Yemen January 26, 2018. Picture taken January 26, 2018.

March 12, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
"National Security Leaders" Adopt the Palestinian Narrative

On March 2, seventeen “National Security Leaders” issued an alarming statement about Israel-Palestinian peace and U.S. policy. The statement was carried as an ad in The New York Times and a PDF versi…