Israel's Top 5 Strategic Goals in 2019

by Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin & Ari Heistein

OPINION — Israel is well-positioned as 2019 begins, but it is also primed to face serious challenges over the next twelve months. The following five strategic goals are critical—and...

Iran in Iraq: How Strength Can Be a Vulnerability

by Ari Heistein

OPINION — With U.S.-Iran tensions rising after the re-imposition of nuclear sanctions, neighboring Iraq will likely emerge as a critical battleground in the U.S.-Iran contest. As the U.S. and...

How the U.S. Helped the Saudis Make the Middle East a 'Dangerous Place'

by Emile Nakhleh

OPINION — The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it so. President Trump’s...

Trump's Thanksgiving Message

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — The media should be satisfied with President Trump’s telephoned “visit to the troops overseas” from his Mar-a-Lago resort on Thanksgiving Day, and not keep asking him when he...

Putin's Mad Soft Power Skills

by Kenneth Dekleva

OPINION — Russian President Vladimir Putin has managed to wage a global charm offensive, even while supporting a number of actions that have drawn world criticism, including the GRU-sponsored...

MbS: The New Saddam of Arabia?

by Emile Nakhleh

As Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has terrorized his opponents at home and abroad, fear has spread within the Saudi kingdom. Has he become the new Saddam of Arabia? As Iraq’s Saddam Hussein did in the...

A King, a President and the Fate of MbS

by Ambassador Gary Grappo

Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, (MbS) are confronting a crisis. How they manage to extricate the kingdom will have potentially long-term consequences for the kingdom, its...

The Case for Giving a U.S. Space Force Some Lift

The National Space Council voted this week to move forward with six recommendations intended to provide some lift for the creation of a U.S. Space Force.  The recommendations include: Creating of a...

What Does A Cyber Reshuffle Mean for Business?

The recent release of the Department of Defense (DoD) cyber strategy essentially announced the department’s ambitions to resume the role of the 800-pound gorilla in cyber. The offensively focused...

Iran's False Narrative on Al Qaeda

by Norman T. Roule

The United States and its allies routinely describe Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.  Despite this designation, the regime proudly supports Hezbollah, Hamas, the Houthis and...