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Joyce Karam

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US not withdrawing from Mideast

WASHINGTON: For most of Barack Obama’s presidency, the “pivot to Asia,” negotiating the Iran nuclear deal and escaping Middle East turmoil engulfed US policy in the region. 

May 19, 2017

Mohammed bin Salman’s US visit ‘put a face and substance’ on the new Saudi Arabia

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s five-day-visit to Washington stood out this week.

March 18, 2017

Trump speech suggests more muscular Middle East policy, less conflict

In his first speech to Congress, US President Donald Trump offered a glimpse into how his Middle East policy is shaping up.
The speech, late on Tuesday, emphasized a determination to fight Daesh and a more hawkish policy toward Iran, but a vague strategy on achieving these goals.

March 02, 2017

How Trump plans to 'knock the hell out of Daesh'

While former US President Barack Obama came to office in 2009 pledging to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, his successor Donald Trump has embraced more aggressive rhetoric, promising to “knock the hell out of” Daesh and to “win so much” in the Middle East.

February 28, 2017

The significance of Gen. Kelly as Homeland Security chief

WASHINGTON: It is no secret by now that US President-elect Donald Trump has a special fondness for the military, tapping a third retired general, John Kelly, to his cabinet to run the Department of Homeland Security, the third-largest department in the US government (250,000 employees).
December 08, 2016

Trump’s China gamble: Between assertiveness and confrontation

US President-elect Donald Trump has made his unpredictability a signature in both business and politics, and this unorthodox trend is now shaping his policy toward China.
 
December 07, 2016

As Aleppo’s fall looms, Syria dynamics shift for Trump

ANALYSIS: With its forces closing in on opposition-held areas in East Aleppo, capturing 40 percent of the country’s largest city, the Syrian regime is eying a significant victory that could turn the tide of the five-year-old conflict and lay out new dynamics for the incoming US administration.

November 29, 2016

The Donald Trump Team — veering right on Iran and Daesh

Reading the tea leaves of US President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, experts see a common thread in national security and foreign policy appointments pivoting in the direction of escalation in the war against Daesh and a harder line on Iran.

November 22, 2016