Joe Macaron

Joe Macaron

Joe Macaron is a fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC.

Middle East

A Bernie Sanders presidency could be a nightmare for Saudi Arabia

Mohammed bin Salman has put all his eggs in Trump's basket, but what happens if the US leadership changes?

A Bernie Sanders presidency could be a nightmare for Saudi Arabia

Soleimani assassination

Will Iran and the US clash in Lebanon and Syria?

Local circumstances limit the extent to which Iran and its proxies can retaliate against the US in Lebanon and Syria.

Will Iran and the US clash in Lebanon and Syria?

Middle East

What next for Lebanon after Hariri's strategic exit?

There are at least three scenarios for what happens after PM Saad Hariri's resignation.

What next for Lebanon after Hariri's strategic exit?

Syria's War

Fighting impeachment at home, Trump surrenders in Syria

Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria is just another side effect of his mounting troubles at home and abroad.

Fighting impeachment at home, Trump surrenders in Syria

Turkey

A Turkish-Kurdish war in Syria is still possible

The recently concluded US-Turkey agreement has delayed but not precluded a conflict in northeast Syria.

A Turkish-Kurdish war in Syria is still possible

Syria's War

Are Russia and Turkey making deals or parting ways in Syria?

The recent escalation in Idlib demonstrates that Russia and Turkey are increasingly unable to agree on Syria.

Are Russia and Turkey making deals or parting ways in Syria?

Middle East

Why Trump recognised Israel's claim on the Golan Heights

Trump hopes his gestures of unconditional support for Israel will mobilise US evangelicals and win him a re-election.

Why Trump recognised Israel's claim on the Golan Heights

Palestine

Trump's Middle East strategy is bound to fail

Making Palestinians pay for an Arab-Israeli alliance against Iran spells disaster for the US and its Arab allies.

Trump's Middle East strategy is bound to fail

Iraq

What three Cairo speeches tell us about US foreign policy

Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama and Mike Pompeo have all spoken in Cairo to promote their failed Middle East policies.

What three Cairo speeches tell us about US foreign policy

Middle East

Why is the US pulling out of Syria?

By withdrawing from Syria President Donald Trump is reasserting his power at home and putting an end to a failed policy.

Why is the US pulling out of Syria?

United States

Will the midterm elections affect Trump's Middle East strategy?

Donald Trump is likely to engage much more seriously in the Middle East after the US midterms.

Will the midterm elections affect Trump's Middle East strategy?

Jamal Khashoggi

The Khashoggi murder and the one-man rule of MBS

The cult of personality MBS has built to consolidate power may finally be crumbling following the Khashoggi murder.

The Khashoggi murder and the one-man rule of MBS