The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Israel’s “Natural” Right

July 24, 2018

In most of the world politics is a human invention. Israel claims its politics is a feature of nature.  The newly passed law that radically modifies the political and sociological landscape of Israel, according to Al Jazeera, contains this bold claim: "The state of Israel is the national home...

In the Middle East, History Threatens to Repeat Itself

July 06, 2018

The crisis in the Middle East offers the West a historic opportunity in the larger struggle with China and Russia for a future international order. If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East. This is a place where the international...

US Withdrawal Brings Uncertainty to Everyday Iranians

May 15, 2018

Iran went from being an isolated country, disconnected from the outside world, to a member of the international community. The future is now uncertain. On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Trump Wants a “Comprehensive” Deal

May 15, 2018

The US is scrapping the Iran deal, and the rest of the world is trying to comprehend what comprehensive means. Since unilaterally deciding to opt out of the international agreement referred to as the Iran deal, Washington has insisted that the aim is to achieve something more comprehensive....

Trump Is Out: What Next for the Iran Deal?

May 10, 2018

In assessing the American withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, all parties would be well advised to heed the well-known physicians’ Hippocratic oath: do no harm, or in this case, no further harm. On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced America’s long-anticipated withdrawal from...

Iranians Learn Lessons from French History

May 08, 2018

After protests at the beginning of 2018, Iran faces more questions than answers over its future. The protests in Iran earlier this year were the largest anti-government demonstrations since the 2009 Green Movement. International media outlets, especially American and European, drew on the fact...

Iranians Protest for Change

January 02, 2018

As Iranians rally in anti-government protests, President Rouhani encourages his people to remain united. What began as local demonstrations against Iran’s economic crisis have morphed into violent protests. High inflation and rising prices have brought Iranians to the streets around the...

From New Orleans to Palestine: Whose House Is This?

December 30, 2017

Palestinians have asked for decades “Whose house is this?” Trump has given the green light for the occupation to take whatever of the “house” is left. “Whose house is this?” A man in a black sweater and dark jeans stood at the podium, raised both arms in the air and asked the...

Trump Makes Space for Russia in the Middle East

December 19, 2017

Trump's effort to project American interests in the Middle East has been a disaster — to Russia's benefit. Russia’s strategy in the Middle East is infinitely more perceptive and successful than the incoherent American effort. President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit is a good example of...

Does Donald Trump Have a Middle East Strategy?

November 30, 2017

Can Trump's advisers persuade the president to think about long-term US policy goals in the Middle East instead of succumbing to impulsive decisions? The increase of US military personnel in the Middle East over recent months reflects President Donald Trump’s promises, as well as the fact...

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