The Forgotten Benefits of Deterrence

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by Paul R. Pillar During the Cold War, no concept was more central to U.S. national security strategy and to the relationship between the superpowers than deterrence. The concept long predates the Cold War, of course, but during that four-decade… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Iran Battle It out in Azerbaijan

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by James M. Dorsey It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are… Continue Reading  

Neocons Call for War Against Iran In Syria After Israeli Strikes

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by Ben Armbruster The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a little known but highly influential hawkish think tank in Washington that has made a name for itself over the past few years by opposing the Iran nuclear deal… Continue Reading  

Sanctions: A Substitute for Serious Foreign Policy

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by Robert E. Hunter In recent times, the United States has increasingly resorted to economic and other sanctions to try getting countries, with governments often referred to as “rogue regimes,” to change their behavior. Today, Iran, Russia, and North Korea… Continue Reading  

Iranian-Canadian Academic Dies in Custody While Under Interrogation

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by the Center for Human Rights in Iran A third detainee, 63-year old Iranian-Canadian Professor Kavous Seyed-Emami, has died in custody in Iran, barely 17 days after his arrest and while under interrogations. The Center for Human Rights in Iran… Continue Reading