Conflict update: April 1-2 2017

EGYPT Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is in Washington right now, preparing for his big meeting tomorrow with fellow authoritarian personality Donald Trump. Because I did a TV spot for Alhurra about this earlier today and it’s therefore fresh in my brain, here are a few things they might get to talking about tomorrow. These… Continue reading Conflict update: April 1-2 2017

Checking in with America’s Best Friend and Ally in the Whole Wide World

Hey, I wonder what our best pal is up to these da– Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel thought it would be a nice going-away present for visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: an unmanned helicopter used for agricultural research. Now it emerges that Israel may run into trouble with the United States for handing over the… Continue reading Checking in with America’s Best Friend and Ally in the Whole Wide World

The strangest thing about US foreign policy you’ll (maybe) learn today

So I’m writing that last post and I’m trying to make sure that I’m not out to lunch when I say that Iran, Cuba, and North Korea are America’s three longest-running diplomatic antagonists. And it turns out that, with Cuba off the list, Iran and North Korea are two of the three remaining countries with… Continue reading The strangest thing about US foreign policy you’ll (maybe) learn today

Making your own dry land

I spent a while living in the Persian Gulf many years ago, a place where the resources (lots of money) and conditions (not a ton of really livable land, what with all the desert all over the place) make it both feasible and desirable to pursue major offshore land reclamation projects. “Land reclamation” in this… Continue reading Making your own dry land

Bahrain is flexing its muscles a little

So I was supposed to go watch (and then write about) a panel discussion today at the Capitol. That, uh, didn’t work out. On the plus side, the unexpected free time allowed me to have the glorious experience of actually taking a nap. On the downside, I took that nap on the couch and now… Continue reading Bahrain is flexing its muscles a little