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.
The Real Stakes in Yemen
1 year agoSeptember 21, 2018
There is much discussion about the current war in Yemen which pits Iran-backed Houthis against US allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. There is a vital US interest at stake here: ensuring the free flow of shipping through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.
The Assad Regime’s Financial Viability
1 year agoAugust 14, 2018
The regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria is a menace to the people of Syria and its neighbors in the region. As an enabler of Iranian expansion and Russian force projection it also presents problems for the United States and our allies. SSG looks at what keeps the regime afloat and how vulnerable it is at this juncture.