October 22, 2018
| Jon B. AltermanA great deal of uncertainty still surrounds the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. CSIS Middle East Program director Jon B. Alterman outlines what we know about this case and what developments and responses we can expect to see in the coming weeks.
A U.S. general recently lamented that the United States has multiple policy goals in Syria, but it has not been able either to prioritize or deconflict them—that is a problem, as CSIS Middle East Program director Jon Alterman writes in a new commentary.
September 24, 2018
| Jon B. AltermanThe United States needs an Iran strategy. Similarly, Iran needs a U.S. strategy. Now, it feels like neither country has such a strategy as CSIS Middle East Program director Jon Alterman writes in a new commentary.
The United States needs an Iran strategy. The Islamic Republic has been so troubling to so many U.S. policy makers across such a wide array of issues for so long that it would be irresponsible not to have one. Similarly, Iran needs a U.S. strategy.
No two countries have been as generous to Yemen in the last year as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which pledged billions of dollars in aid to the poor and embattled country on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula.
July 12, 2018
| Jon B. AltermanMiddle Eastern governments are commonly described as conservative and cautious, but conservatism and caution won’t do in an era in which the stakes are so high and the future is so uncertain.
June 13, 2018
| Jon B. AltermanThe United States not only has a unique opportunity to loom large in the region’s future, but doing so would also push others to share in the burdens. Failing to do so is not merely a missed opportunity. It would represent an expensive mistake.