Can Israel Make Peace with Qatar?

Oct. 22 2020

Since Israel’s agreement with the United Arab Emirates was announced, there have been intermittent reports and speculation that Qatar might be the next country to follow suit—a move to be accompanied by improved relations with the U.S. This wealthy peninsular emirate occupies a strange position: friendly with Washington and home to a U.S. airbase, but at the same time supporting Islamists (including Hamas), maintaining friendly relations with Iran, and exporting anti-American and anti-Semitic propaganda through its Al Jazeera network. Doha has also allied itself with Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia. Examining these complex circumstances, Kobi Michael and Yoel Guzansky try to make sense of where Israel’s interests lie:

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More about: Gulf Cooperation Council, Hamas, Israel diplomacy, Qatar, U.S. Foreign policy, United Arab Emirates

How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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More about: Arab democracy, Human Rights, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy