Tag: Foreign Policy
No Truth in News, and No News in Truth
Inside the Kremlin’s propaganda playbook, where “nothing is true and everything is possible.” But from Moscow to Washington, there’s still a way to fight back.
So What About ‘Whataboutism’?
President Donald Trump, in a recent interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, strikingly deployed the rhetorical strategy of “whataboutism” so often used by the Kremlin to deflect criticism and create uncertainty.
Is America Shifting on Arming Saudi Arabia?
Is the American government’s conscience catching up to its arms-supply deals? And will that continue under President Trump?
Russian Interest in Syria Doesn’t Extend to Syrian Refugees
Moscow is willing to go to war, but less willing to offer humanitarian support—including for those Syrians who flee to Russia.
How Will JASTA Affect America’s Relationship With Saudi Arabia?
The first veto override of the Obama presidency indicates that Congress is willing to challenge the White House over our alliance with Saudi Arabia. But how much will really change?
The Kremlin’s Trump Gamble
A Trump presidency is widely anticipated to be a boon for the Kremlin – yet in reality, this outcome is as fickle as Trump.
How Could JASTA Change U.S. Foreign Policy?
The Senate approved a bill this week that would allow families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue the Saudi Arabian government for its alleged involvement. How could this impact the U.S.-Saudi relationship, and broader U.S. foreign policy?
Will Syria Be a New Ukraine?
By keeping the conflict at a manageable, simmering level, Russia keeps its influential seat at the negotiating table.
My Latest Named One of Pacific Standard’s Best Stories of the Week
A little delayed in posting this, but my piece on the U.S.’ conflicted relationship with Saudi Arabia was selected as one of Pacific Standard’s top stories for the week of January 10-16! See that week’s top stories recap on PSmag.com by clicking the headline above or here.
America’s Saudi Liability
Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr demonstrates that Riyadh is able to act with growing impunity in the Middle East. It also signals a potentially dangerous shift in American-Saudi relations.