Joe Macaron

Joe Macaron

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

Syria's Civil War

Trump cares more about firing Mueller than striking Assad

The psychological warfare was effective for a while, but ultimately the US has no plans to compete with Russia in Syria.

Trump cares more about firing Mueller than striking Assad

US State Department

Tillerson sacking: New dynamics in the Trump Administration

The firing of Tillerson shows that the State Department remains under siege by the White House until further notice.

Tillerson sacking: New dynamics in the Trump Administration

Israel

Untying the knot of the Israeli attack on Syria

This latest turmoil reminded Israel it has no allies in Syria nor control over developments.

Untying the knot of the Israeli attack on Syria

Middle East

The Middle East in 2018: Five issues to watch

From elections, to refugee crises, ISIL, shifting alliances and Jerusalem - instability will mark 2018 in the region.

The Middle East in 2018: Five issues to watch

Lebanon

What's next for Lebanon now that Hariri is back?

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri came back home stronger, but Riyadh still casts shadow over his political survival.

What's next for Lebanon now that Hariri is back?

Middle East

Is Saudi Arabia bluffing on Iran?

Four reasons why we should not take Saudi rhetoric against Iran at face value.

Is Saudi Arabia bluffing on Iran?

Emmanuel Macron

Macron, Trump and the Middle East

Emmanuel Macron’s election victory will test US-French relations in the Middle East.

Macron, Trump and the Middle East

Syria's Civil War

Trump's lack of strategy on Syria is dangerous

Trump's reluctance to level with US allies about his Syria strategy will only lead to further bloodshed.

Trump's lack of strategy on Syria is dangerous

Donald Trump

Decoding Steve Bannon's ouster from the NSC

Trump's decision to oust his chief strategist Bannon is significant, but it doesn't mean populism left the White House.

Decoding Steve Bannon's ouster from the NSC

Syria's Civil War

US expects allies to pick up the pieces after ISIL

The US wants to focus on the 'elimination' of ISIL by military force while leaving reconstruction efforts to its allies.

US expects allies to pick up the pieces after ISIL

War & Conflict

The Sheriff of Manbij: US makes debut in the Syrian War

Interventionism is addictive, it starts with a simple task and one thing can lead to another.

The Sheriff of Manbij: US makes debut in the Syrian War

Donald Trump

Trump's 'real estate' approach to safe zones in Syria

A lot of question marks surround Trump's vision of setting up safe zones in Syria.

Trump's 'real estate' approach to safe zones in Syria