The Damage to U.S. Interests Abroad of Domestic Political Intemperance

Tom Cotton

by Paul R. Pillar Tom Cotton’s sophomoric stunt of an open letter to the Iranians telling them not to have confidence in whatever the United States puts on the negotiating table has received the broad and swift condemnation it deserves.… Continue Reading  

Hardline Clerics Take the Helm of the Assembly of Experts

Ayatollah Yazdi

by Saeed Aganji and Pupak Mohebali According to Article 107 of Iran’s constitution, the Assembly of Experts for Leadership has the responsibility to elect and dismiss Iran’s Supreme Leader and supervise his activities. This entity does not work according to… Continue Reading  

Is Drone Warfare Fraying at the Edges?

Reaper drops first precision-guided bomb, protects ground forces

by Pratap Chatterjee The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it… Continue Reading  

How to Create a National Insecurity State


by Andrew Bacevich Policy intellectuals — eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office — are a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and… Continue Reading  

Russia: With Progress On Nuclear Program, Iran Could Join SCO

Putin and Velayati

by Joshua Kucera Iran may be admitted into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization this summer if it makes progress in resolving disputes over its nuclear program, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has said.