Eugenio Lilli

Academic and Commentator


Middle East

Debating US Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf: What is the Way Forward?

My latest article published in the academic journal RBPI (Revista Brasileira de Politica Internacional). Abstract: Should the US strategy toward the Persian Gulf be one of offshore balancing or one of deep engagement? The debate on US grand strategy lacks... Continue Reading →


Series: Armed Forces in the Middle East (UAE)

The United Arab Emirates ranks fourth in the list of the most powerful militaries in the Middle East. Here are some data. $14.4 billion┬ádefense budget 65,000 active frontline personnel 545 tanks 444 aircraft The United Arab Emirate's Union Defense Force... Continue Reading →

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom of Iran as a Destabilizing Force in the Middle East

In this post I invite you to read two articles on Iran's role in the Middle East. The first one is "Iran and the Middle East: leveraging chaos" by Karim Sadjadpour and Behnam Ben Taleblu. The second one is "No,... Continue Reading →

The Arab Awakening and US counterterrorism in the Greater Middle East: A missed opportunity

This is my latest contribution to the peer reviewed Journal of Terrorism Research published by Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St Andrews University, UK. Abstract: In 2011, the Arab Awakening offered an opportunity to the Obama... Continue Reading →

Mapping the Extremist Threat in the Greater Middle East and Africa

In this post, I collected maps from reports produced by the US Congressional Research Service to provide a picture of the major current extremist threats in the regions of the Greater Middle East and Africa. The first map refers to... Continue Reading →

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