Bolton: A Prime Mover of the Iraq WMD Fiasco

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by Greg Thielmann The president-elect who repeatedly taunted his Democratic opponent for supporting the Iraq invasion and whose transition team recently dismissed a CIA assessment by noting, “these are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass… Continue Reading  

Turkey and Iran: Bitter Friends, Bosom Rivals

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by International Crisis Group For nearly two centuries and despite their fierce geopolitical competition from the Levant to Iraq and the Caucasus, Turkey and Iran have kept the peace between themselves, compartmentalized growing energy and commercial relations and even cooperated… Continue Reading  

Mattis and the Revolving Door

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by David Isenberg In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower nominated former General Motors president Charles Erwin Wilson as secretary of defense. That sparked a controversy during his confirmation hearings based on his large stockholdings in General Motors. Reluctant to sell the… Continue Reading  

Flynn’s Wacky Worldview

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by Jim Lobe Skepticism about Michael Flynn’s fitness for the position of national security adviser appears to be growing as more media outlets are paying closer attention to his (and his son’s) core beliefs about the world. Such scrutiny also… Continue Reading  

Shifting Partnerships and the Road to Peace in the Middle East

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by Rana Allam Since the wave of revolt shook the Middle East beginning in 2011, alliances have been shifting with the change of leaderships. Most of those who once shaped the region and balanced the powers are no longer in… Continue Reading