Three of this century’s most destructive and devastating conflicts are playing out in the Middle East—in Syria, Yemen, and Libya. A peace-signing ceremony is held at the White House to mark, in the words of President Trump, “the dawn of a new Middle East.” So, some offering of hope for Syria, Yemen, or Libya? Sorry, got nothing at all for you (although the U.S., the United Arab Emirates, and Israel are between them active in all three of those conflict zones).
Since its establishment, Israel has fought in at least six wars involving various Arab states, with perhaps ...
Brent Scowcroft’s death on August 6 marks the almost end of an era.
I worked with him, had the honor of knowing him as a friend, and for the last few years, we lived in apartments in the same elders’ refuge in Virginia.
Jerrold L. Schecter has written a fine obituary for the Washington Post
which you should read and can find here.
My recollections are more personal and selective and relate to the region in which we share a special interest.
Brent was Henry Kissinger’s deputy and I ran the Secretary of State’s alerting and support syst...
On Sunday May 17th
, a new Israeli government took office after 508 days of caretaker rule since parliament formally disbanded the government leading to elections in December 2018. There followed three rounds of inconclusive elections, the most recent being on March 2nd
The path to a new government and coalition being formed was paved by a split within Blue and White, led by Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi, to join with Netanyahu. The Gantz faction (rump Blue and White party) reached an agreement with Netanyahu to form what is termed a parity government, ...