Even with Donald Trump,“American isolationism is a fiction”
Andrew Bacevich, Sylvain Cypel, 20 February
Contrary to popular belief, the American administration’s policy is not isolationist. It is characterized by permanent military interventions, in continuity with that of the Obama administration.
Professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University, Andrew Bacevich (...)
Israel Allied With the Gulf Countries Against Iran?
Nazeeha Said, December 2017
Despite their condemnation of Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, several Gulf countries, primarily Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, have opened channels of dialogue with Israel. It is supposed to face the “Iranian threat”, but are their citizens ready to accept the (...)
U.S. Policies in the Middle East under the Trump Presidency
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, April 2017
Donald Trump has not yet formulated a clear foreign policy doctrine. But state appointments as well as the first decisions taken about Syria or Yemen, or the decision to use the most powerful US non-atomic bomb in Afghanistan, reveal some broad orientations of the future US policy in the Middle (...)
Moscow Capital of the Middle East
Waiting for Donald Trump
Alain Gresh, March 2017
Russia now occupies a pivotal position in the Middle Eastern political chessboard. Its military presence in Syria, the axis created with Iran and Turkey have made the Russians a required partner for all sides in the ongoing war. But Russia is also caught up in the conflicts between its allies (...)
Libya: Russia Plays a New Card
Igor Delanoë, February 2017
The trip to Moscow, planned for this February by Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Tripoli government recognised by the UN, as well as the two trips to the Russian capital by General Khalifa Haftar in 2016, illustrate Russia’s increasing involvement in the Libyan situation. The Kremlin’s renewed (...)
Saudi Arabia mired in the quicksand of the Middle East
Between War in Yemen and War of Succession
Alain Gresh, January 2017
Two years after his accession to the throne, King Salman faces many challenges. The intervention in Yemen is bogged down and Saudi Arabia suffers setbacks in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. While the economic reforms initiated are much criticized, the questions on his succession remain unanswered.