NESA Professor, Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, June 9 2019 There is no doubt that the “maximum pressure” strategy is making life harder for the government of Tehran and the majority of Iranian people. Still, it is unlikely that the pressure will lead to a major policy shift. Read more from Dr. Bahgat’s published article here.
US President Donald Trump’s policies towards the Middle East have worked to deepen longstanding divisions in this region over how to handle Iran, which the Trump administration and some countries in this region regard as a central source of tension in the Middle East. Read more: http://bit.ly/2JTNQqT
Since the early 1970s, Iran has sought to develop strong missile capabilities. In recent years, Tehran’s arsenal has evolved to become the largest and most diverse in the Middle East, though not the most lethal or longest-range. Israel and Saudi Arabia have also developed formidable capabilities. Iran’s program, however, has attracted more political and academic Read More >
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran and Israel have seen each other as sworn enemies. Iranian leaders do not recognize the Jewish state and refer to it as the “Zionist regime,” while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been the world’s most outspoken critic of Tehran’s policies, particularly the nuclear program. https://bit.ly/2pDOIVC
Lockheed Martin Corp.’s potential $15 billion sale to Saudi Arabia of its Thaad air-defense system may be the unfinished deal most vulnerable to growing congressional demands to stop providing arms to the desert kingdom after the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi. https://bloom.bg/2EFkwDL