Barack Obama

The West’s Hubris: Is the Price of the Iraq War a Nuclear Iran?

| November 11, 2013

The West was arrogant thinking it could transform Iraq into a stable democracy in 2003. Believing that Iran can be dissuaded from its course without the credible threat of military strikes is an even greater show of hubris.

Obama’s Best Friend? The Alarming Evolution of US-Turkish Relations

| May 1, 2013

Shifts in Turkey’s domestic political orientation have led to a change in Ankara’s perceptions of its foreign policy roles and capabilities. The US has misunderstood and largely ignored this shift, failing to understand the implications of Turkey’s transformation under the AKP. A strong and comprehensive policy towards Turkey is long overdue.

The US and Iran: Pre-Negotiation Maneuvering

| February 19, 2013

The United States and Iran are trading diplomatic fire, with neither side willing to budge. Iran will continue its drive to the bomb, leaving Obama with no other choice but to take military action.

A Second Term Obama Administration and the Middle East

| December 16, 2012

The changes in the region will force the Obama administration to make some difficult decisions on how to act regarding Egypt, Syria, the Palestinians, and Iran. Alarmist scenarios that a second term Obama administration will abandon Israel are unwarranted.

US-Israel Mixed Messages on Iran

| September 10, 2012

Israel and the US must improve their lines of communication. The US also ought to consider equipping Israel with enhanced military resources that would allow Israel to confront Iran at a later date – giving the West more time to pressure the Iranian regime.

Needed: A Leader in the White House

| September 13, 2011

The lack of leadership and clear policy principles evinced by the Obama White House have severely weakened America’s position in the Middle East, leaving a void to be filled by hostile regional powers such as Iran.

Netanyahu Turns Centrist and Triumphs

| May 30, 2011

Netanyahu went to Washington with a centrist message, parried the attempts of Obama to extract additional concessions, and signaled to the world that its expectations about the shape of a future agreement must be calibrated in accordance with the wishes of the Israeli electorate.

The Obama Doctrine for the Middle East

| May 23, 2011

Obama maintains a grossly overoptimistic assessment of regional realities, which could have dangerous unintended consequences for the US and Israel.

Saudi Arabia, Iran, and America in the Wake of the Arab Spring

| May 23, 2011

For the rulers of Riyadh, the primary result of the “Arab Spring” has been a shaking of the strategic foundation and alignments that have shaped Saudi regional policy since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

US Policy Regarding the Upheaval in Egypt: Endangering the Strategic Foundations of Regional Stability

| February 7, 2011

The dream of turning Cairo 2011 into “Berlin 1989” is a chimera; the challenge is to prevent “Tehran 1979.” Obama Administration policy, however, threatens to widen the crack in the strategic foundations of regional stability that has served as the indispensable basis of peacemaking since the mid 1970s.