Oubai Shahbandar

Oubai Shahbandar is a Fellow in New America's International Security Program. He is a former Department of Defense senior adviser, and currently a strategic consultant specializing in technology, energy and Arabian Gulf security

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Pakistan’s reckoning, six years after the Bin Laden raid

An old controversy regarding former Pakistani Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani recently resurfaced following an Op-Ed he penned for The Washington Post.

March 30, 2017

Newly revealed IRGC terror-training camps should be targeted

The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Tuesday unveiled satellite imagery and extensively researched details on the operations, leadership structure, network and full scope of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force terrorist training camps.

February 15, 2017

Arab tribal alliance in eastern Syria key to defeating Daesh

Drone strikes and night-time raids by Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) commandos will not suffice in defeating Daesh. Sustaining tactical gains against the terrorist organization requires a bottom-up approach and a dedicated local ground force.

February 08, 2017

Trump calls to Arab leaders a positive sign

Despite the ongoing mass hysteria among Washington’s punditry on the potential foreign policy fallout of President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders, the recent phone call between him and Saudi King Salman seems to have been warm and substantive.

January 31, 2017

Trump was right to call out our shared enemy of global extremism

The US left-wing has been busying itself attacking President Donald Trump’s daring move in unequivocally calling out radical Islamist terror as a scourge that must be eradicated.

January 25, 2017

The inauguration of a new American era

As I prepare to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration and participate in observing the grand American tradition of a peaceful transition of power from one president to the next, I cannot help but reflect on the significance of this event.

January 18, 2017