NATO—America’s Misguided Instrument of Leadership

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by Graham E. Fuller On the world scene, America is a declining power. This decline is in part domestic and self-inflicted, reflecting a certain weariness and neglect of our social order. No amount of huffing and puffing from politicians will… Continue Reading  

Primer: Iran’s Upcoming Elections

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by Small Media On February 26, citizens in the Islamic Republic of Iran will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the first time since the 2013 presidential elections that swept Hassan Rouhani into office.

Work with the Russians on Syria

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by Paul R. Pillar There is no shortage of certitude in American commentary about what Russia is trying to do in Syria. For example, the Washington Post editorial page, unrelentingly hawkish on everything involving Syria, declares that “it has long been… Continue Reading  

A Real “Political Revolution” Would End the War in Iraq

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by Peter Certo These days, Bernie Sanders doesn’t say much about the Middle East. But if you’ve heard him say nothing else on the subject, he’s probably reminded you that he — unlike a certain former secretary of state —… Continue Reading  

Aleppo under Siege

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by Julien Barnes-Dacey We have reached yet another depressing inflection point in the Syrian Civil War. Syrian government forces with the support of Russian air power have cut off the last remaining major supply route to rebels in Aleppo city, setting… Continue Reading