Was Qassem Soleimani a Bad Guy or a Martyr?

January 07, 2020

When people live (and die) with a binary vision of the world, the same object may end up with two opposite meanings. This tends to be the norm in wartime, but the trend toward reducing everything to a binary opposition has increased radically in recent years, even in times of peace. The instinct...

How Will Iran Respond to the Assassination of Qassem Soleimani?

January 03, 2020

The US assassination of Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at Baghdad’s international airport on January 3 is yet another example of the reckless actions of the Trump administration. The targeted killing was clearly opportunistic and will have unintended...

The Stage Is Set for the Middle East in 2020

January 03, 2020

The last several weeks have seen a dangerous escalation in US-Iran tensions in the Gulf. Following the pro-Iranian, Iraqi militia Kataib Hezbollah’s (KH) attack on a US facility that killed an American contractor and injured others, the US responded with several airstrikes on KH’s camps in...