Mahmood Monshipouri


  • محمود منشی پوری 2018-02-06 10:12

    By Mahmood Monshipouri

    U.S.-Qatar strategic dialogue: What's the target exactly?

    CALIFORNIA - The United States and Qatar have had longstanding economic and political ties since the 1970s.  Rarely, if ever, has any domestic, regional, or international development fundamentally changed or even undermined this valued and cooperative relationship.

  • محمود منشی پوری 2017-12-23 08:46

    By Mahmood Monshipouri

    Trump’s Security Strategy: Upending Virtues of Multilateralism

    President Trump articulated a new national security strategy on December 18, 2017, largely premised on a populist speech filled with the echoes of his campaign mantra of patriotism, prosperity and pride.   

  • محمود منشی پوری 2017-11-19 11:43

    By Mahmood Monshipouri (Prof. of San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley)

    Dangers of cold war between Riyadh and Tehran

    Saudi Arabia's frustrating and catastrophic entanglements in Yemen have spilled over into Lebanon, where the young Saudi prince Mohamed Bin Salam seems fixated on encouraging the Israeli invasion of Lebanon to eradicate Hezbollah’s influence in that country and the region more generally.  It is not unreasonable to assume that this troubling situation is a direct consequence of the encouragement that the Trump administration has in fact given the Saudis. In the wake of the tense political climate in the region, several questions come to mind.  Could all this be related to the US withdrawal from the region?  Does this withdrawal signal a US return to an off-shore balancing strategy, in which the United States provides the necessary military wherewithal to its allies in the region to counter Iran? Is the new leadership in Saudi Arabia emboldened by such a strategy?  

  • محمود منشی پوری 2017/09/27

    By Professor Mahmood Monshipouri

    The Kurdish referendum: What comes next?

    The underlying tension in many post-colonial states between the right to self-determination and the principle of territorial integrity is once again manifested in the new move by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to go from autonomy to outright independence. 

  • محمود منشی پوری 2017-08-28 11:07

    By Mahmood Monshipouri

    The post-hegemonic era: Greater uncertainty or sustainable security?

    Two contrasting scenarios paint radically different visions in a world after hegemony.  Richard N. Haass (“World Order 2.0”) notes that at the global level, the international community is no longer heavily influenced by a sole superpower and/or hegemonic power.