Is Iran’s December Oil Export Hike Permanent?


by Sara Vakhshouri Sanctions against Iran by the European Union and the United States, which aim to change Iran’s attitude toward its nuclear program, have increased pressure on its oil export and revenue. This resulted in the reduction of Iran’s oil… Continue Reading  

Syria: The Vexing Issue of Lethal Aid for the Rebels


by Wayne White Sen. John McCain’s berating of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for “yes or no” answers as to whether the latter would support intervention in Syria or providing arms to anti-regime fighters reveals just how little McCain understands about… Continue Reading  

Goodbye, Hillary — Hello, John; the Middle East Awaits You


by Charles Naas On the Washington Post’s front page February 2 there is a photo of Mrs. Clinton departing the State Department surrounded by admiring staff members with a big smile on her face. She already looks five years younger.… Continue Reading  

Succeed or Fail?: What Obama Must do in the Middle East

President Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office on his first day in office, Jan. 21, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

by Robert E. Hunter Every US president since Harry Truman has sought to disentangle his administration from the Middle East, and all have found themselves sucked back into the region and its problems. So will it be in President Obama’s… Continue Reading  

Did you hear? It’s Khamenei’s Job to Set Israel on Fire


by Farideh Farhi During my childhood days in pre-revolutionary Iran, I played the game Telephone often. It began with one kid whispering a phrase to the person beside them. Each child then whispered the same phrase until it reached the… Continue Reading