Hal Brands | Bloomberg Opinion
Gross domestic product and military spending matter, but so do networks of allies and “resilience.”
By Col (Res.) Dr. Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen, December 10, 2020
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The timing of the unanticipated provocation by the Polisario Front against Morocco could be related to the ongoing diplomatic initiative sponsored by the US for the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel. Several foreign powers have an interest in disrupting the next stages of the Abraham Accords.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has succeeded in eroding the Israeli political left, but in doing so alienated his own right wing as well.
Timothy P. Carney | Washington Examiner
Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary embodies two problems with our governance: the revolving door between industry and government and the subtle erosion of civilian control of the military.
Ivana Stradner and David R. Shedd | NationalReview.com
Remedies for China’s role in the pandemic
John Yoo | Strategika
by Gordon G. Chang via Strategika
“It comes from the lab, the lab in Wuhan, and the lab is controlled by the China government,” claimed Dr. Li-Meng Yan, the virologist who fled Hong Kong, in a “Loose Women” interview in September. “This virus is not from nature.”
by Bernard Haykel via The Caravan
The new Biden administration will encounter a Middle East that is very different from the one President Trump inherited from President Obama in 2017, and nowhere is the change more obvious than in Saudi Arabia. The kingdom is undergoing a dramatic process of transformation that includes the unprecedented consolidation of power in the hands of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS), the adoption of policies of social liberalization focused primarily on youth and women, and the implementation of a plan for economic diversification to lessen dependence on oil revenue.
by Mohammed Alaa Ghanem via The Caravan
It has been almost a decade since the Syrian people rose up against the Assad regime, demanding their freedom. While the world was hesitant to support the protestors, malign powers gladly stepped in to help Assad, creating an unmitigated disaster that has devastated Syria and sent shockwaves around the world.
Oriana Skylar Mastro | The Lowy Institute
With China and Russia presenting themselves as strong alternative powers, the United States and like-minded countries have to work that much harder to promote sustainable economic development, protect international rules and norms, and ensure peace and security in the region.
Mackenzie Eaglen | AEIdeas