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Don’t Underestimate Trump’s Foreign Policy

by Niall Ferguson quoting Henry A. Kissingervia Boston Globe
Monday, June 24, 2019

‘Linkage” was a term introduced to American diplomacy by Henry Kissinger at the outset of the Nixon administration. Linkage, Kissinger wrote in his memoir, “White House Years,” could be an explicit gambit — for example, making “progress in settling the Vietnam War . . . a condition for advance in areas of interest to the Soviets, such as the Middle East, trade, or arms limitation.” But linkage was also an implicit reality in an increasingly interdependent world.

In the News

Trump Should Not Pour $6.5 Billion Into Gaza And 'West Bank'

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia Israel National News
Sunday, June 23, 2019

President Trump should not allow the euphoria that swept the world following the 27 November 2007 Annapolis Conference to infect the Manama Conference being jointly hosted by himself and Bahrain on 25-26 June.

In the News

Iran Shot Down A $176 Million U.S. Drone. Here's What To Know About The RQ-4 Global Hawk

quoting Amy Zegartvia Time
Friday, June 21, 2019
Iran shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone in the politically sensitive Strait of Hormuz has created a dangerous new level of tension between the two countries
In the News

Iran Shoots Down A U.S. Drone: Domestic And International Legal Implications

with Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 20, 2019

On June 20, U.S. military officials confirmed media reports that Iranian military forces successfully shot down a U.S. drone in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf. Though several relevant details regarding the incident remain unclear or in dispute—including whether the drone had ventured into Iranian airspace before it was shot down—this is the most significant encounter between the two sides in the current period of high tensions and may prove to be a major step toward a broader armed conflict.

Analysis and Commentary

Obituary: Mohamed Morsi

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The rise and fall of Mohamed Morsi, who died last week at age 67, captured the tribulation of the Arab Spring.
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Playground for Powers

by Camille Pecastaingvia The Caravan
Thursday, June 20, 2019

In August 1920, in the Parisian suburb of Sèvres, envoys of the allied powers signed an eponymous treaty dividing into zones of influence the fallen Ottoman Empire and Islamic Caliphate. The regime of "mandates" it instituted was simultaneously the culmination of European imperialism in the Middle East, and its final undertaking. Mandates were not meant to last: it was a phase of foreign trusteeship, in anticipation of independence that, by the 1970s, would be the norm across the region.

Featured AnalysisAnalysis and Commentary

The Dilemma Of An Imperfect Ally

by Elana DeLoziervia The Caravan
Thursday, June 20, 2019

After seven decades of selling weapons to our allies in the Gulf reassured by the fact that we sold more planes than there were trained pilots, we are finally confronted with a foreseeable, yet jarring dilemma: what happens when the Gulf states finally decide to use the weapons in pursuit of their own interests?


We Hold All The Cards In The Showdown With Iran

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In May 2018, the Donald Trump Administration withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

In the News

Could Trump Use The Sept. 11 War Law To Attack Iran Without Going To Congress?

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The New York Times
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Talk of purported Iran-Qaeda ties is raising questions about whether the Trump administration is laying the groundwork to claim that it needs no new legal authority to take military action.


The China-Iran-Border Matrix

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

President Trump and Secretary Pompeo have worked the U.S. into an advantageous position with a consistent policy toward bad actors.