Joe Macaron

Joe Macaron

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

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

Syria's War

A confrontation in Idlib remains inevitable

Without a long-term political solution to the Syrian conflict, the fate of Idlib will likely be determined militarily.

A confrontation in Idlib remains inevitable

Donald Trump

Trump can only go that far with his unilateralism

Trump's unilateral vision of the world will hurt the US, but it might also undermine his presidency.

Trump can only go that far with his unilateralism

Donald Trump

The unraveling of 'Crazytown' White House

Thanks to an anonymous op-ed and a book by a renowned investigative journalist, Trump is more isolated than ever before.

The unraveling of 'Crazytown' White House

Donald Trump

Trump's secret cabal on Iran at the State Department

Why did the Trump administration create an "Iran Action Group"?

Trump's secret cabal on Iran at the State Department

Russia

What will Trump and Putin agree on at the Helsinki summit?

Facing mounting domestic pressure, Trump does not have much to offer to Putin except for Syria.

What will Trump and Putin agree on at the Helsinki summit?

Syria's War

In southern Syria, the US faces a Russia-Israel challenge

The US is being pushed to take action on Syria's southern front.

In southern Syria, the US faces a Russia-Israel challenge

Saudi Arabia

Trump is offering Saudi Arabia a 'bad deal' on Syria

Why the proposal for a Saudi-led deployment of Arab forces to Syria would not work.

Trump is offering Saudi Arabia a 'bad deal' on Syria

Syria's 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