Europeans Fed Up with Iran’s Bad Behavior
2 months agoJanuary 21, 2019
The French, British, German, Danish, Dutch, and Belgian diplomats in the Iranian foreign ministry room had incensed the officials with a message that Europe could no longer tolerate ballistic missile tests in Iran and assassination plots on European soil, according to four EU diplomats.
A New Way Forward in the Middle East: Nine Stratagems
2 months agoJanuary 14, 2019
This document proposes a military-lite, foreign-aid-lite approach to executing American foreign policy in the Middle East. The basic aim is for the United States to positively affect our interests by rewarding friends and punishing enemies.
A New Strategy for the Middle East
2 months agoJanuary 09, 2019
The United States began operating our foreign policy in a fundamentally different way when President Trump took office. Our nation-building projects abroad came into question as military intervention began to be replaced by deal-making as the preferred method for achieving US strategic interests. The region where this is coming into greatest focus is the Middle East. We will soon publish the first regional version of our Grand Strategy - Freedom and Fair Trade which will focus on the Middle East. This piece will serve as an introduction to our thoughts on the current state and how we see the path forward.
Yemen Peace Talks: A Primer
1 year agoDecember 11, 2018
The stakes in Yemen are high and while peace that brings an end to the humanitarian crisis is an important goal, it should not come as a victory to the Houthis and Iran. Any agreement that solidifies Houthi control is a free pass for Iran to place more missiles in place that can shut down shipping in a major sea lane for oil exports.
The Strategic Role of Saudi Arabia
1 year agoOctober 16, 2018
It is a commonplace criticism of American foreign policy that it has been insensitive to supporting awful strongmen in the face of even worse things. Perhaps that is true, but the answer is not to give in to the worse things. A clear-eyed assessment of our strategic interests must rule our actions.