Jordan is an island of stability in the Middle East and an important U.S. partner. Here's what the Trump administration can do to keep it that way.
Omphalos: Middle East Conflict in Perspective
Omphalos takes an interdisciplinary look at the contemporary Middle East, and is published jointly with two key partners: Academic Exchange, an educational non-profit that seeks to deepen understanding of Israel in the international academic community, and the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy and its blog, Markaz. Turmoil in today's Middle East today implicates a wide array of legal questions, bears huge costs for civilian populations, and poses diverse challenges to policymakers, activists, lawyers, and reformers. For the issues that Lawfare treats, the Middle East is a kind of omphalos.
Iraqi Forces Advance on Western Mosul, U.S. Weighs Deploying Troops to Syria, Netanyahu Meets with Trump
Iraqi forces are moving again against the Islamic State with closer U.S. support, the United States is considering sending ground troops to Syria, and Netanyahu’s wild ride in joint press conference with Donald Trump.
It is safe to say that under Trump, terrorism will remain at the top of the U.S. national security agenda. The difficulty lies in crafting good policy to address real, rather than imagined, problems.
Turkish-backed Rebels Enter al-Bab, Trump and Netanyahu Ready for Meeting, Trump and Congress Mull Designating Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization
Turkey and the Assad regime reach agreement on offensive against Islamic State in al-Bab, what will happen in Trump and Netanyahu’s White House meeting, and what happens if the United States declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group?
If Trump or Congress Decides the Muslim Brotherhood is a Terrorist Organization, Brace for the Blowback
The Muslim Brotherhood is many things—including a U.S. partner in some countries. What happens if Congress or the Trump administration calls them a terrorist organization?
Amona and the Settlement Regularization Bill: The Politicization of Suffering and the Threat to the High Court
Even if Israel's new settlement law is eventually overturned, it will succeed in another of the settler movement's goals: weakening the Israeli judiciary.
As a legal matter, the short answer is almost certainly yes. But doing so would pose some constitutional questions the government will need to consider seriously.