The Iran Protests, Regime Change, and the MEK

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by Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh When protests broke out in Iran at the end of 2017, most countries maintained a hands-off approach. After all, these countries maintain diplomatic and trade relations with the Iranian government. Even some influential U.S. observers… Continue Reading  

Trump Uses Uncertainty Against Iran

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by Dina Esfandiary Last week, President Trump announced that he would renew sanctions waivers for Iran. But he also imposed non-nuclear sanctions and renewed his call to Congress to “fix” the deal or else. By doing so, Trump fosters uncertainty.… Continue Reading  

Keeping Iran’s Ballistic Missiles in Perspective

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by Greg Thielmann The Trump administration’s 120-day “stay of execution” for the Iran nuclear deal has temporarily sidelined arguments over the absence of constraints on ballistic missiles as one of the agreement’s principal flaws. But if this “flaw” is not… Continue Reading  

US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds, and Turkey

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by Joshua Landis The State Department has turned the page on Turkey for it no longer views Ankara is a reliable US partner. Many argue that Washington will abandon Syria’s Kurds in order to assuage Turkish anger. I doubt this.… Continue Reading  

2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza

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by William Hartung  As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in “bigly” in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting… Continue Reading