Just finished the article for Pakistan Today on Trump’s farcical visit to Saudi Arabia. Who knows if anything got done there since he’s not up to diplomacy or negotiations. Though he does a mean curtsey. Mostly it was about cementing the US relationship with the Saudis.

One thing I always learn from my studies is the absolute impoverishment of scholarship, at least available in English. I can’t think of an international issue I’ve studied where that hasn’t been the case. There’s just mountains of rubbish written by know-nothings & much of it is outright lies or by State-department types–at least on subjects I’m interested in. When you find scholars who are really cogent, it’s good to learn they are often recognized for their work. Though the dopes get higher honoraria. It pays to talk stupid.