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Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Offensive, Iran’s “Proxy” Strategy, and the Middle East’s New “Cold War”

June 4, 2015 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Leverett on International Relations, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett Riyadh’s war in Yemen marks a dramatic escalation in its efforts to roll back Iran’s rising influence in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia portrays its Yemen campaign simply as a battle of “good” Arabs and Sunnis supporting Yemen’s legitimate government against “evil” Iranians trying to overthrow

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China Looks West: What Is at Stake in Beijing’s “New Silk Road” Project

January 25, 2015 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, International Relations, Global Giants, Editor’s Choice, Leverett on International Relations, Unprotected PostComments (2)

Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett and Wu Bingbing Not even two years into what will almost certainly be a ten-year tenure as China’s president, Xi Jinping has already had an impact on China’s foreign policy: Standing up for what many Chinese see as

America’s Never-Ending War in the Middle East

October 13, 2014 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Americas, Leverett on International Relations, Middle East & Africa, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett While President Obama continues – at least for now – to resist redeploying large numbers of U.S. soldiers to fight the Islamic State on the ground, the military components of the anti-Islamic State strategy he

The Rise of the Petroyuan and the Slow Erosion of Dollar Hegemony

July 28, 2014 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Global Capital Markets, Leverett on International Relations, Unprotected PostComments (5)

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett For seventy years, one of the critical foundations of American power has been the dollar’s standing as the world’s most important currency. For the last forty years, a pillar of dollar primacy has been the

America’s Shale Revolution and the Dangerous Myth of Energy Independence

June 28, 2014 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, Americas, Leverett on International Relations, Unprotected PostComments (3)

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett Proponents of energy independence enshrine America’s so-called “shale revolution” as a geopolitical game changer, enabling the United States to leverage its prospective exports of shale oil and gas to weaken

Can the West Get Out of Its (Self-Made) Cul-de-Sac?

March 21, 2014 • Columns, International Relations, In-depth, Leverett on International Relations, Middle East & Africa, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett In recent years, the limits on America’s ability to shape important outcomes in the Middle East unilaterally—or even with a few European partners—have been dramatically underscored by strategically failed

The Year of Iran: Tehran’s Challenge to American Hegemony in 2014

January 13, 2014 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, Americas, Leverett on International Relations, Middle East & Africa, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett In 1979, Iran shocked the world—and directly confronted America’s hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East—by charting its own revolutionary course toward participatory Islamist governance and foreign policy

America’s Iran Policy and the Undermining of International Order

July 13, 2013 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, International Relations, In-depth, Americas, Leverett on International Relations, Middle East & Africa, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett Strategic competition between America and Iran will shape not only the Middle East’s balance of power, but also the dynamics of international order through much of the 21st century. Determination to compel