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Slouching Toward Mar-a-Lago

Published on August 14th, 2017 | by Guest

by Andrew J. Bacevich Like it or not, the president of the United States embodies America itself. The individual inhabiting the White House has become the preeminent symbol of who we are and what we represent ... Read More



Gulf media wars produce losers, no winners

Published on August 13th, 2017 | by Guest

by James M. Dorsey Feuding Gulf states that have pumped millions of dollars into public diplomacy appear to have done better in damaging the reputations of their detractors than in polishing their own tarnished images. Qatar, ... Read More



Dark Signs in the Persian Gulf

Published on August 12th, 2017 | by Guest

by Graham E. Fuller   The political and economic assault against Qatar by a Saudi-led coalition so far shows no signs of succeeding in bending Qatar to its will. More seriously, it raises ominous signals for ... Read More



Why The Adults Are Not Reining in Trump

Published on August 12th, 2017 | by Paul Pillar

By Paul Pillar Optimism has repeatedly been expressed, especially after any qualified and respected person has been appointed to a senior position in the current administration, that the “adults in the room” will check the excesses ... Read More



Rouhani’s Second Term Begins

Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Farideh Farhi

by Farideh Farhi Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began his second term with the nomination of 17 proposed ministers for his 18-member cabinet on Tuesday (the nominee for the ministry of sciences, research, and technology has yet ... Read More



Worsening Relations between Iran and Afghanistan?

Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Fatemeh Aman

by Fatemeh Aman According to The New York Times, Iran is sending weapons on helicopters to help the Taliban destabilize Afghanistan. Iran is sabotaging Afghan markets to promote Iranian goods, stealing Afghanistan’s water, attempting to bomb ... Read More



Mulligans and Mercenaries in Afghanistan

Published on August 11th, 2017 | by John Feffer

by John Feffer Donald Trump loves to play golf. So far, he has teed off twice as many times as Barack Obama had at the same point in his term. Indeed, Trump has spent as much as 20 percent ... Read More

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