Editor’s note: Over the next week, Lawfare will be running a series of essays on federalist governance in the Middle East. This introductory essay is the first in the series. Links to subsequent essays will be added to this post as they are published.
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The United States continues to tacitly support Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’s military campaign in Yemen even as the country implodes, Iran’s influence grows and U.S. allies sink into the quagmire. The U.S. government calculated that supporting its allies in favor of preventing Iranian encroachment offers more value than the fallout from the humanitarian crisis.
This is the second of a two-part series on proxy war. The first essay explained why states might engage in proxy war and the likely costs and problems. This second essay examines the same issues from the proxy’s perspective.
Just as states exploit proxies for their own ends, so too do proxies exploit states—but the cost for them is often heavy.
This is the first of a two-part series on proxy war. This first essay explains why states might engage in proxy war and the likely costs and problems. The second will examine the same issues from the proxy’s perspective.
A proxy war occurs when a major power instigates or plays a major role in supporting and directing a party to a conflict but does only a small portion of the actual fighting itself.
The collapse of the Islamic State’s caliphate and the military campaign that drove the group underground is a win for the Trump administration, the United States and the world as a whole. Even by the standards of terrorist groups, the Islamic State is bloody, extreme and toxic. However, even if the Islamic State isn’t revived—although it might be—the Middle East as a whole is likely to remain broken.
Mohammed bin Salman Arrives in the United States
The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. on U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command. The committee will hear testimony from Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command (Prepared Testimony), and Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command (Prepared Testimony). Watch the video below:
Governance is one of the most important foreign policy challenges—and among the most difficult. Poor governance is linked to civil wars, corruption and a lack of economic development, among other grave problems.
Last week, I wrote for Lawfare's feed at Foreign Policy about the ambiguity in the president's Dec. 6 announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The piece begins:
Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Markaz.
Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. Only problem is that there is no deal. It’s fake news.