Three years have passed since the conclusion of the latest military offensive against the Gaza Strip, and most of the Palestinian enclave still lacks permanent housing, infrastructure and employment opportunities. If the living conditions in Gaza do not improve in the near future, the region will no doubt experience another round of conflict -- this time more violent than the last.
Federal investigations and budget battles with Congress will make for another distracting quarter for U.S. President Donald Trump. But these disruptions won't mitigate the White House's rhetoric, or broader speculation that the United States is retreating from the global stage. And though mixed messages from the U.S. administration won’t result in Washington abandoning its traditional allies, they will spur more unilateral action by U.S. partners in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.