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Emile Nakhleh is a former Senior US Intelligence Officer, Director of the Global and National Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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American-Saudi strategic partnership: Time to reset

16 November, 2018

Comment: Are Washington's regional interests served by the rash and deadly actions of the Saudi crown prince? asks Emile Nakhleh.

Bahrain's unending Shia repression

08 November, 2018

Comment: The sentencing of Shia leader Sheikh Ali Salman is another worrying step in the Saudi-backed crackdown on opposition voices in Bahrain, writes Emile Nakhleh.

MbS: The new Saddam of Arabia?

31 October, 2018

Comment: Saddam's arrogance of power and obsession with regional leadership ultimately led to his downfall. Saudi Arabia's MbS might be heading the same direction, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Khashoggi's disappearance belies Saudi reform narrative

12 October, 2018

Comment: If proven true, this would cement Mohammed bin Salman's image not as an enlightened reformer but as a destructive force against his own people, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Trump is throwing the Middle East under the bus

24 May, 2018

Comment: Killing the Iran deal and moving the embassy to Jerusalem will only bring more instability and misery to the people of the region, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Inauspicious anniversaries and lessons unlearned

02 April, 2018

Comment: Since, 9/11, the Iraq War and the Arab Spring, Washington has failed to reset its relations with the Middle East, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Pompeo's appointment bodes ill for the Middle East

19 March, 2018

The appointment of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state does not bode well for the people of the Middle East, and could damage US standing in the region.

Another year of deep state repression in Bahrain

02 February, 2018

Comment: Bahraini human rights activists have suffered severely from government repression, yet Washington and London continue to treat the regime with velvet gloves, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Saudi-Israeli intelligence-sharing brings closer relations fraught with challenges

28 November, 2017

Comment: Although still nascent, the emerging Saudi-Israeli 'alliance' is one of convenience and shared interests, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Tillerson's vanishing act while the Middle East is burning

10 November, 2017

Comment: Secretary of State Tillerson appears totally disengaged from Middle East policy, where traditional American diplomacy has been replaced by improvisation and vacillation, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Stoking war with Iran courts disaster

09 August, 2017

Comment: Trump administration advocates for regime change in Iran seem oblivious to the post-Saddam storm that continues to rage in the Gulf, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Is it time to write the GCC's epitaph?

17 July, 2017

Comment: Now that they feel relatively secure, GCC members - particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE - are more confident in attacking others, threatening the GCC's union, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Emile Nakhleh
Emile Nakhleh

Emile Nakhleh is a former Senior US Intelligence Officer, Director of the Global and National Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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