Shlomo Ben-Ami

Religion doesn’t rule Middle East politics any more

When one thinks of conflict in the Middle East, religious factors are probably among the first that come to mind. But, nowadays, competing strategic interests and imperial ambitions play a much larger role than religious or sectarian cleavages in defining regional politics. This is potentially a positive development. Consider the struggle for regional influence between […]

Joe Biden’s world order

Shlomo Ben-Ami In less than four years, outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has achieved what, historically, only devastating wars had done: Recast the global order. With his isolationism, wannabe authoritarianism, and sheer capriciousness, Trump gleefully took a sledgehammer to the international institutions and multilateral organizations his predecessors had built from the ashes of World War […]