Joe Biden Faces a Dilemma Over Iran

August 05, 2021

Everything old is new again, at least when it comes to US President Joe Biden’s deterrence credibility problem with Iran. This must seem like déjà vu to him, since he witnessed similar dynamics play out during an earlier stint at the White House. Several weeks ago came news that the FBI had...

Iran’s Hardliners Are Back

June 25, 2021

To some critics, US elections are managed affairs. According to this cynical view, the “powers that be” narrow the field of candidates, the two parties don’t represent the real range of public opinion in the country, and periodic elections are just shadow plays staged by powerbrokers behind...

How Biden Helped Hardliner Raisi Win in Iran

June 24, 2021

It was common knowledge that a US failure to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) before the Iranian presidential election would help conservative hard-liners to win. Indeed, on June 18, the conservative Ebrahim Raisi was elected as the new president of Iran. Raisi has a record...

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

June 02, 2021

At the end of April, days before the latest conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians surged into the headlines, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting in Washington with two Israelis: the head of Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, and the Israeli ambassador to the United States. The...

Can the US and Iran Compromise in Vienna?

May 11, 2021

Members of the P5+1 have been facilitating indirect US-Iran talks in Vienna with the hope of reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the US pulled out of in 2018. Sina Toossi, a senior research analyst at the National Iranian American Council, explains what is at stake.

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...

The US Senate Is a Global Problem

February 22, 2021

Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly remember an earlier incarnation of those Trump-friendly Republican senators taking up their positions at the back of class to snicker, yawn...

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?

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...

Unchanged or Unchained: What’s in Store for the JCPOA?

February 02, 2021

When any new US president is inaugurated, especially when there is a change of party, the world expects some kind of serious change. Despite the fact that since 1992 every change of president has seen a change of the party in power, continuity has been the most consistent feature of those moments...

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