Supporting the New Arab-Israeli Alliances in the Middle East is More Important than the “Peace Process”
1 months agoFebruary 02, 2019
Any peace plan or proposal that would complicate the current rapprochement between Israel and its Arab neighbors is counterproductive, not only to US strategic interests, but to those of our allies as well.
Is Qatar really an ally?
2 months agoJanuary 29, 2019
Secretary of State Pompeo just returned from a trip across the Middle East and one of his stops was in Qatar. He announced a number of initiatives including an expansion of al-Ubeid Air Base where the US has a major contingent. What was not mentioned was Qatar’s continued support for terrorism or its many other malign activities throughout the region or their effects on the US and our interests.
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.
Khashoggi: Qatari Asset in Life; Qatari Asset in Death
1 year agoDecember 23, 2018
Thanks to the Washington Post, we now know that Jamal Khashoggi was never a journalist; he was a highly-partisan operative who worked with a handler to publish propaganda at the behest of Qatar. He was, in other words, an agent of influence.
Senate Yemen Vote: Bipartisan Virtue Signaling and Abdication of Strategic Concern for US Interests
1 year agoDecember 14, 2018
Not a single senator addressed the larger strategic concerns that President Trump outlined in November. The American people have been let down by both the vapidness of so many of their elected officials and the hyper-partisan media.
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.