What Tim Kaine Actually Got Wrong About the Iran Nuclear Deal During the Veep Debate

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by Ali Gharib An exchange about Iran during last night’s vice presidential debate is getting a lot of attention from mainstream media fact-checkers. The discussion about the Iran nuclear deal came as Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine was listing the… Continue Reading  

How to Stop Kashmir from Spiraling into All-Out War

An Indian Army soldier with the 99th Mountain Brigade fires at role-playing insurgents during bilateral training with paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team May 8, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The soldiers were participating in Yudh Abhyas, an annual training event between the Indian Army and United States Army Pacific to improve the ability of the forces involved to respond to a wide range of contingencies.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

by Rajan Menon Kashmir has again become the venue for a confrontation between India and Pakistan. On September 11, militants attacked an Indian military post in Poonch, and on September 18, another in Uri—both towns in Indian Kashmir. They infiltrated… Continue Reading  

Syria: Ceasefire Efforts Cease

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by Mark N. Katz On October 3, the State Department announced the suspension of U.S. efforts to work with Russia to bring about a ceasefire in Syria. This is in sharp contrast to just a few weeks ago in September when… Continue Reading  

Relations with Saudi Arabia are Risky as Well as Confused

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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by Paul R. Pillar Mainly because of domestic American politics and the workings of the U.S. Congress, everyone has a right to be confused about U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia, including the Saudis themselves. The first Congressional override of any… Continue Reading  

Democracy, the “Great Debates,” and China

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by Graham E. Fuller The “Great Debates” between candidates Clinton and Trump encapsulate what is wrong with the US political process. There’s been little substance; it’s all about personalities and sound-bytes and gotcha. Never mind the grand issues of our… Continue Reading