So Far, Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Proving Too Conventional

July 02, 2021

On the domestic front, Joe Biden is flirting with transformational policies around energy, environment, and infrastructure. It’s not a revolution, but it’s considerably less timid than what Barack Obama offered in that pre-Trump, pre-pandemic era. When it comes to foreign policy, however,...

Iran’s Hardliners Are Back
June 25, 2021

Iran’s Hardliners Are Back

How Biden Helped Hardliner Raisi Win in Iran
June 24, 2021

How Biden Helped Hardliner Raisi Win in Iran

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?
June 02, 2021

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

What the State Department and the Media Get Wrong About the JCPOA

What the State Department and the Media Get Wrong About the JCPOA

May 12, 2021

Just as President Joe Biden’s administration waited till the very last minute to define its position of vaccine patent waivers, imperiling the effective impact on a pandemic of whatever agreement is finally reached, it has played for time with the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan...

Iraq’s Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

Iraq's Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

April 28, 2021

On April 14, a Turkish military base in Bashiqa, some 20 kilometers northeast of Mosul in northern Iraq, was a target of a missile strike that killed a Turkish soldier. The attack happened on the same day that an explosives-laden drone targeted Erbil International Airport in the Kurdistan Region...

Israel Is the Rock on Which US Foreign Policy Is Built

Israel Is the Rock on Which US Foreign Policy Is Built

April 27, 2021

International military cooperation can take many forms. When pushed to the extreme, it can even turn into its opposite. What was meant to protect from danger can sometimes become the fact that precipitates an unwanted conflict. For that reason, most nations now seek to avoid the once popular idea...

Biden’s Policy Shift on Yemen Rings Alarm Bells in Riyadh

Biden’s Policy Shift on Yemen Rings Alarm Bells in Riyadh

April 19, 2021

At the beginning of February, the Biden administration made two relevant decisions on Yemen with far-reaching consequences for the country and US policy in the Arabian Peninsula. The first announcement concerned the end of US support for "offensive operations" conducted by the Saudi-led coalition...

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

March 10, 2021

An endgame, traditionally, brings both bad and good news. An endgame is always tense because those involved know things are coming to a head. We can see this in the battle theaters in Yemen over the past weeks. What we don’t see is the reality of how those battles are actually progressing...

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

February 26, 2021

When the Ottoman Empire was dismantled in 1922, it created a vacuum which a series of powers have attempted to fill ever since. None has succeeded, and the result has been a century of wars, coups and instability. Iran ruled all these lands before the Arab and Ottoman conquests. It could do so...

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It’s Too Late

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It's Too Late

February 25, 2021

As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on the new US president and his foreign policy after successive administrations have delivered unexpected and damaging shocks to the world and the international...

Working Together Toward Peace in Yemen

Working Together Toward Peace in Yemen

February 11, 2021

Nothing in recent memory could have possibly done more damage to America’s relations with the Yemeni people and to its image in the region than Washington’s support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The conflict produced the worst manmade catastrophe — one that never had to...

The Iran Deal vs. the Logic of History

The Iran Deal vs. the Logic of History

February 10, 2021

The Associated Press offers an update on the standoff between the US and Iran over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran deal, from which Donald Trump as president spectacularly withdrew the US in 2018. Trump committed an act of pure will, with no serious legal...

Will the US and Iran Meet Jaw to Jaw?

Will the US and Iran Meet Jaw to Jaw?

February 08, 2021

On February 4, US President Joe Biden visited the US State Department, located down the street from the White House. He went to deliver a foreign policy message much needed by the men and women of that department and the nation. His audience was a receptive one, not surprising given that nearly...

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