Week in Review

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Netanyahu undeterred on annexation

Israel's prime minister has dismissed the international outcry, counting on the US president and popular support at home.

Week in Review | Israeli-Palestinian conflict | May 29, 2020
al-monitor Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take part in a protest outside the prime minister's residence on the first day of Netanyahu's corruption trial, in Jerusalem, May 24, 2020. Photo by Heidi levine/REUTERS.

US may try to raise the stakes for Russia in Syria

The politics of humanitarian corridors; Hayat Tahrir al-Sham tries a shakedown in Idlib; Ben Caspit to interview former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Al-Monitor podcast.

Week in Review | Syria Conflict | May 22, 2020

In shadow of COVID-19, US-led battle against Islamic State continues

A Pentagon report declares the Islamic State a "low-level insurgency" as the United States and Iraq prepare for strategic dialogue.

Week in Review | Islamic State | May 15, 2020

Five priorities for the US-Iraq strategic dialogue include recognizing regional role for Iraq

US diplomacy during Iraqi transition sets tone for relationship.

Week in Review | Defense/Security cooperation | May 8, 2020

Was Trump’s call about oil with Saudi leader the start of a reset in relations?

US-Saudi partnership faces both old and new challenges in post-COVID-19 Middle East.

Week in Review | Defense/Security cooperation | May 1, 2020