National Newswatch

In capitals around the world, there is no joy in a Biden win

Nov 10 2020 — Bessma Momani — In major cities across a divided United States, Americans celebrated this weekend as Joe Biden became their president-elect. A number of liberal democracies joined in congratulating Mr. Biden, hoping for a return to something close to normal after four years of Donald Trump’s chaotic, unpredictable and damaging retreat from the global order. But not all […]

With Soleimani dead, the U.S. must brace for the wrath of Iranian hardliners

Jan 3 2020 — Bessma Momani — The U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard commander and Quds Force leader, will reverberate across the Middle East. Unlike the assassinations of al-Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden or Islamic State’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who both led spent movements at the time of their deaths, Gen. Soleimani was the elusive mastermind behind active Iranian military […]

The narrative of Jamal Khashoggi’s death has been negotiated. Justice will not be served

Oct 17 2018 — Bessma Momani — After nearly two weeks of unending attention on the disappearance and now confirmed death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the powers have finally agreed upon a narrative that can satisfy all interested parties’ state interests. Make no mistake, the now agreed upon story of Mr. Khashoggi’s death was a negotiated one between Saudi Arabia, the […]

Saudi journalist’s disappearance is a stain on the Crown Prince

Oct 8 2018 — Bessma Momani — Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may not have been a household name, but his disappearance or presumed murder will be a permanent stain on his government’s assertions that it’s promoting social and economic reforms. The mystery surrounding his disappearance or death get murkier with each passing day, in part because of the geopolitical intrigue and triangle […]

Iran needs this internal combustion

Jan 5 2018 — Bessma Momani, — The 1979 Iranian Revolution propelled the clergy, and its then-supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini, to power because the revered Shia leaders stood in contrast to everything the monarch Reza Shah Pahlavi had represented – extravagance, corruption and entitlement. Today, the sporadic and spontaneous street protests across Iran’s hinterlands are a reaction to the reality that the […]