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Mon, Feb 3, 2020

US targets al-Qaeda leader: What it means for Yemen and the US counterterrorism mission

"When the United States is able to identify a terrorist abroad who threatens Americans, in the vast majority of cases the solution is relatively simple," William Wechsler says. "Simply reach out through law enforcement or intelligence channels and ask the local government to arrest them. Unfortunately, there remain a few places in the world in which the host governments have no practical ability to do so—indeed, in some of these places legitimate government authorities face a high risk of being killed if they tried. Yemen is one of these places."

New Atlanticist by Masoud Mostajabi

Conflict Terrorism

Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Trump’s new Middle East peace deal: A real path or dead on arrival?

"The sad irony is that the peace process desperately needs new ideas, even if the ideas revealed today and the means by which they were developed and announced were not ideal," William Wechsler says. "And given the longstanding positions taken by the current Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the only credible source for those new ideas is the United States."

New Atlanticist by Daniel J. Samet

Israel Middle East

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Maximum pressure, maximum repression

With no hint of reform on the horizon, demonstrations, counter-demonstraions, and repression will remain a component of an unstable Islamic Republic of Iran.

IranSource by Masoud Mostajabi

Iran Middle East

Masoud Mostajabi is an assistant director of the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing a robust portfolio of Middle East security issues, policy research, and business development. Previously an assistant director of the Council’s South Asia Center, Masoud’s research focuses on diplomacy, human rights, climate change, and development. Masoud received his bachelor’s of science in Political Science at Arizona State University and his master’s in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service in 2017.