The U.S. Should Discourage Its Arab Allies from Reconciling with Syria

Oct. 11 2021

On October 3, King Abdullah of Jordan had a phone conversation with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad—the first between the two heads of state since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. And nearly three years ago, the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus. Washington, Josh Rogin reports, is refraining from pressuring friendly countries not to normalize relations with the Syrian dictator, who was once a pariah in the Arab world:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Egypt, Jordan, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy, United Arab Emirates

How the Abraham Accords Can Ease the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

June 28 2022

According to numerous critics, many of whom have positions at prestigious think tanks and publications, the normalization agreements the Jewish state reached with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain constituted an abandonment of the Palestinians. Peter Berkowitz argues that, to the contrary, the Abraham Accords can help to improve the lot of the Palestinians, and to reduce the intensity of their conflict with Israel:

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More about: Abraham Accords, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Palestinian economy, West Bank