Trump’s policies also complicate Pompeo’s mission by making it difficult for potential allies in the region reluctant to openly support U.S. plans, said Joe Macaron, a resident fellow at the Arab Center in Washington, in a phone interview on Friday. Click here to read the full quote.
“Washington should be careful not to push Lebanon to the brink, as Hezbollah would retaliate if its survival is at stake,” said Joe Macaron, a resident fellow at the Arab Center in Washington. “In the current status quo, the most effective way to restrain Hezbollah remains within the intricate parameters of the Lebanese political system,” he said. You can read the full article here.
Joe Macaron, a fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC, said announcing a resignation on Instagram is “unconventional and unprecedented” for an Iranian official. “It seems… Zarif submitted his resignation letter and went on social media before either Rouhani and Khamenei [can] react to this resignation, which might mean that Zarif is locked in a fight with hardliners on what directions should the Iranian foreign policy take amidst growing US pressure on its economy,” Macaron told MEE via email. “We are yet to know the full story behind this resignation, but it seems to reflect heated debates in Tehran around the foreign policy challenges facing the Iranian regime.” Click here to read the full article.
Quoted in the Daily Star on the impact of US sanctioning Iran on Hezbollah: “The U.S. is targeting the official economy in Iran, while Hezbollah benefits from transactions outside the official economies of both Lebanon and Iran” “The Trump administration is going after Hezbollah’s source of support, and if the Shiite group felt the Iranian regime’s survival is in question, it might act to increase the cost of U.S. diplomatic pressure on Iran”.
Joe Macaron, a fellow at the Arab Centre in Washington, said the US strategy assumed that the war in Syria was almost over but “recent events proved otherwise.” There were “new doubts now about [US] commitment to Kurdish forces and a potential confrontation with Turkey in Syria,” Macaron wrote via e-mail. “At any rate, this US strategy lacked specifics and did not convey a clear game plan in Syria.”
Es ist unklar, wie die USA auf diese Konkurrenz reagieren werden. Außenminister Rex Tillerson stellte im Januar zwar ein Syrien-Programm seines Landes vor, doch dieses ist von den Ereignissen bereits wieder überholt. Washington gehe in der Tillerson-Strategie davon aus, dass der Krieg in Syrien zu Ende gehe, sagte Joe Macaron vom Arab Center in Washington unserer Zeitung: Doch der Krieg könnte noch lange dauern. Und es ist möglich, dass Syrien am Ende ganz zerrieben wird, in einzelne Einflusszonen zerfällt und auf Jahre hinaus ein Krisenherd bleibt
Quoted in the DailyStar on Tillerson visit to Lebanon:
“Israel’s decision to build wall derailed talks to demarcate maritime line. The best outcome is to have both parties re-commit on halting exploration in disputed areas. State Dept should designate an official to follow up on mediation”.