• Washington Policy Weekly
    IranSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending June 8, 2018

    I. CongressThe House of Representatives and the Senate both returned to Washington this week to tackle legislative business and move toward securing the federa…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    One year on, Trump remains the cause of – and solution to – the Qatar crisis

    May 23, 2018Andreas Krieg

    When it turned out the statements released by Qatar's news agency were the product of an external cyber-attack, and not the actual words of the country's emir,…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending May 18, 2018

    May 18, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) HearingsAuthorizing the Use of Military Force. On May 16, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) held an open hearing to vet a proposed ne…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending May 11, 2018

    May 11, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress 1) Legislation H.R. 5677. On May 7, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Ed Royce (R-California) introduced a bill to revise the…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranThe GCC

    Congressional Update – Week Ending April 27, 2018

    Apr 27, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Congress assesses counterterrorism cooperation with GCC states; Pompeo confirmed as Secretary of State; Macron, Merkel lobby Trump for JCPOA; Supreme Court hea…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending April 20, 2018

    Apr 20, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) Legislation J. Res. 59. On April 16, a bipartisan group of senators, including Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Chairman Bob Corker (R-T…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – Week Ending April 13, 2018

    Apr 13, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Much talk in Washington about strikes against the Syrian regime; confirmation hearing for Mike Pompeo as new Secretary of State; John Bolton enters the White H…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Is This the End of AIPAC’s Reign?

    Apr 3, 2018Tamara Kharroub

    The month of March in Washington DC is known for cherry blossom and AIPAC's annual conference. From 4-6 March, the 2018 AIPAC policy conference took place in D…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – Week Ending March 30, 2018

    Mar 30, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. CongressLawmakers in both chambers had the week off and the recess will extend through next week as well. The Senate is scheduled to hold legislative busine…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LebanonConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Congressional Update – Week Ending March 23, 2018

    Mar 23, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Congress averts another shutdown and funds the government through September; lawmakers hold hearings on Lebanon and a nuclear Saudi Arabia; Trump ousts moderat…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending March 16, 2018

    Mar 16, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Senate expected to vote on a Yemen resolution next week; top military brass around Washington talk security and humanitarian concerns; multilateral conferences…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Firing Tillerson Leaves US Diplomacy in Limbo

    Mar 15, 2018Joe Macaron

    Tillerson’s firing comes at a critical time in US foreign policy. New dynamics are emerging in the Trump Administration and the successor Mike Pompeo should ba…