Daniel Markey on the Evolving U.S.–Pakistan Relationship – by Sukanya Banerjee and Michael Mori

Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s domestic situation, the U.S. drone program, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and reconciliation with the Taliban.

Noah Bonsey, International Crisis Group, on the Syrian civil war – by Mike Airosus

Noah Bonsey, Senior Analyst with the International Crisis group based in Beirut, discusses the recent developments in the Syrian civil war, including the impact of the chemical weapons deal, the implications of increased violence in Lebanon, and the upcoming Geneva II talks scheduled for January 22nd in Switzerland.

Op-ed: US Policy in Egypt Inconsistent and Counterproductive – by Seth Binder and Amrou Kotb

American inconsistent policy has only exacerbated the problems of Egypt’s transition and adversely affected US interests. The US stands a much better chance of serving its interests by articulating and executing policies aligned with its calls for inclusive democracy.

Strange Bedfellows: Religious Fundamentalism and the Death Penalty in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia – By Julia Brooks

What accounts for the judicial similarities on capital punishment between the United States and Saudi Arabia?

Navigating U.S.-Egyptian Relations in the Post-Mubarak Era: Strategies for Preserving American Interests – By Micah Peckarsky

Despite the deterioration of U.S.-Egyptian relations following the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the U.S. maintains significant strategic interests in Egypt that necessitate the continuation of a major partnership, including the preservation of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, military collaboration, access through the Suez Canal, among others. Within this framework, this analysis will provide short and long-term recommendations […]

Crisis Management in Libya: Learning the Lessons of 1986 – By Sarah Charlton

In April 1986, the Reagan administration with the support of the Thatcher administration in the United Kingdom, bombed several targets within Libya as retaliation for Libyan terrorism that they believed had begun to challenge essential U.S. security interests. Although the stated goal was to change Libya’s behavior and reduce its incentives for supporting terrorism, senior […]

Sanctioning Iran: The View from the United Arab Emirates – By Kosar Jahani

Through an analysis of Iran’s economic relationship with the UAE, this paper argues that the UAE, despite enjoying a strong bilateral security relationship with the United States, is unlikely to adopt the kind of unilateral sanctions that the United States advocates. The UAE, which not only enables Iran economically but whose growth is also fueled […]