Foreign Policy and Presidential Politics as a Team Sport

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by Paul R. Pillar Bernie Sanders has become a primary focus of a common quadrennial subject for foreign policy wonks and presidential campaign watchers: the “teams” of advisers who affiliate with different campaigns. Ostensibly these advisers provide their respective candidates… Continue Reading  

Building on the Syrian Truce

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by Paul R. Pillar A common reaction to the first couple of days of the partial cessation of hostilities in Syrian civil war was surprise at how well the truce had held up so far. There earlier had been ample… Continue Reading  

Why Iran’s Parliament Matters

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by Reza H. Akbari Iranians went to the polls on February 26 to vote for the new members of parliament as well as the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body in charge of electing and removing the country’s most powerful… Continue Reading  

Kyrgyzstan: Fresh Dawn Looming for Ties with US

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by Peter Leonard Speculation is mounting that Kyrgyzstan wants to repair relations with the United States after a dispute over human rights torpedoed ties last summer.

The Disappointments of War in a World of Unintended Consequences

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by Tom Engelhardt It may be hard to believe now, but in 1970 the protest song “War,” sung by Edwin Starr, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That was at the height of the Vietnam antiwar movement and… Continue Reading