The risk of releasing an economic vision without the accompanying political vision is that it will smell to many Palestinians, and perhaps others in the region, like another attempt to buy off core Palestinian demands.
One [interpretation] is that [Pompeo's comment on the status of Golan Heights] relates to the content of the Trump peace plan ... The other is that it relates to what will happen if the Trump peace plan is not accepted.
Some of [America's declining level of commitment] is driven by the fact by that the Middle East is less important than it used to be, partly because of energy markets, and new opportunities in East Asia and the America. The opportunity costs of being deeply invested in the Middle East are rising, and that’s just an objective fact.
With adversaries, Trump’s underlying unpredictability and lack of understanding of how to use the tools of American power will now be exacerbated by the lack of much in the way of experienced and judicious foreign policy advice and implementation ... So I think there’s added room for the kind of misjudgment and misinterpretation (on both sides) that leads small incidents to escalate into major international crisis.
You know, from the moment Mohammed bin Salman was appointed defense minister at his tender age, I have heard voices from around the gulf expressing a desire to see more experienced foreign policy hands advising him. At the end of the day, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. He can have all the good advice he needs, but he's got to take it.
It’s policy change Washington is looking for. These changes in personnel and process are only significant if they produce results, and that’s up to the crown prince. No matter how experienced his advisers, no matter how consultative his process, he is still the decider.
Those who most need the protections of international human rights law — dissidents, journalists, civil society actors — these vulnerable people are used to operating in the knowledge that big governments out there in the world care. They don’t have that now.