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There is perhaps nothing a global class of calcified diplomatic professionals appreciates more than subtlety and nuance. Donald Trump's tour of the world’s three major...
Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia highlighted not only the U.S. alliance with the desert kingdom but also Saudi Arabia’s deplorable human rights record...
Gaza

Donald Trump and the mainstream press may act like enemies on many issues, but they are the closest of allies when it comes to the...
Erdogan

Perhaps unaccustomed to America’s tradition of free and unfettered expression, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s bodyguards reacted like animals when confronted by protesters demonstrating near...
middle east peace

On any other day, the Wall Street Journal’s report on Tuesday would have been a major bombshell. Instead, it was unjustly overshadowed by the news...
Syria

With the Trump White House struggling to contain the fallout from the bombshell revelation that the president shared sensitive intelligence with Russian governmental officials, former Obama...
Safe zones

One week ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin propositioned the United States. Russia’s chief executive revealed that, in a phone conversation with President Donald Trump last...
Syria

In the search for effective proxies in Syria, the U.S. has found the Kurdish YPG militia to be the best bet. It may be the...
Turkey

Much has been written about Turkey’s turn toward Islamism and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's growing autocracy. Turkish officials and their proxies argue, however, that Turkey remains...

The Israeli government is reportedly considering whether or not to downgrade Arabic as an official language. If a bill submitted to the Knesset passes, Arabic...
abbas

One of the running leitmotifs of the Trump presidency so far is the president’s repeated acknowledgment of the fact that issues are more complex than...
Turkey

One of the most problematic aspects of the war against the Islamic State has been the role of Turkey. On the one hand, diplomats see...