Posts filed under: Politics

JASTA, or the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the actions of its citizens, lower-level officials, and state-sponsored charities that may have aided and abetted the Al Qaeda operation. To read my article in Newsweek Middle East, please {click here}.

The nuclear deal was supposed to spark a new era of prosperity for Iranians. But Iranian politics — and American politics — still stand in the way. To read my feature story in Foreign Policy Magazine, please <click here>

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents. The 2016 U.S. contenders make no bones about operating from the same playbook. “I really don’t have much of a view on the current candidates, except that they make Saturday Night Live look like a drama,” Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed K.A. Al Faisal told Newsweek Middle East. It’s a view shared by many in the region.  To read this article in full on Newsweek Middle East‘s website, please <click here>. You may find a pdf file of my section of this article <here>.

Here’s my latest article for  Newsweek Middle East on the adoption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA: an agreement inked with Iran last July to halt the potential threat posed by Iran’s long-contentious nuclear program. Please <click here> for more.

This is a feature story for Al Jazeera English discussing why the most recent round of negotiations over Iran’s contested nuclear program were extended, and the outlook moving forward. To read, please <click here>.

Egypt announced Nov. 25 it is speeding up discussions to import natural gas from Cyprus for domestic use. To read an analysis, please <click here>. (Subscription required)


On April 28, a Cairo court banned Egypt’s secular April 6 Youth Movement, a key supporter of the overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi’s government in July 2013. Also on April 28, a different court in the southern province of Minya issued death sentences against the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 people identified as Brotherhood supporters. To read an analysis at Monitor Global Outlook, the business intelligence unit of The Christian Science Monitor, please <click here>.