Biden’s Dithering in the Middle East Is Forcing Old Enemies to Mend Broken Bridges

Biden’s Dithering in the Middle East Is Forcing Old Enemies to Mend Broken Bridges

In recent weeks, Arab countries, as well as Iran and Turkey have all been working out how they can move forward and get along with each other, all due to “sleepy Joe” Biden being asleep at the wheel. Where’s all this heading? In recent weeks, Arab countries, as well as Iran and Turkey have all been…

2021: A Year of NATO Disunity Like No Other

2021: A Year of NATO Disunity Like No Other

2021 is arguably the year when intra-NATO tensions and rivalry widened more so then ever since the alliance’s inception in 1949. Although NATO most recently expanded its membership to include Montenegro in 2017 and North Macedonia in 2020, the rift caused by competing interests and the emboldening of revisionist ideologies (neo-Ottomanism and Anglo Chauvinism) among…

Turkey’s Economic Difficulties and the Fate of Erdogan

Turkey’s Economic Difficulties and the Fate of Erdogan

Turkey’s economy is in freefall: the lira is falling, inflation is rising, and food prices are spiraling. The government has resorted to disinformation, lies, and conspiracy theories to deflect blame from itself and shift it to others. But the lower living standards of the common people and the country’s future is unlikely to end the…

Christmas Arrives in Saudi Arabia as Kingdom Plays Catch-Up in Religious Soft Power Rivalry

Christmas Arrives in Saudi Arabia as Kingdom Plays Catch-Up in Religious Soft Power Rivalry

Long banned, Christmas has finally, at least tacitly, arrived in Saudi Arabia; just don’t use the name in marketing or be ostentatious about your tree. Coffeeshops serving beverages in red cups with snowflakes on them are ok. So is the sale of soap bars named ‘Tis the Season and Vanilla Bean Noel. Christmas trees that…

Israel Ponders a Pax Sinica

Israel Ponders a Pax Sinica

Efraim Halevy, the former head of Israel’s foreign intelligence service Mossad, said on December 14 that China has played a critical role in nuclear negotiations with Iran now underway in Vienna. According to Israel’s Channel 7, Halevy said, “The only player who can be effective and bring about progress in the Vienna debates is the…