What are Russia’s Options in Ukraine?


by Mark N. Katz Now that Russian forces have taken Crimea away from Ukraine, what will President Vladimir Putin do next? There’s one thing he clearly will not do, and that’s give Crimea back to Kiev, as Ukrainian and Western… Continue Reading  

AIPAC’s Plan C on Iran Diplomacy Blunted

by Jim Lobe It’s been a difficult annual policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its hopes of getting Congress to set the toughest possible conditions on any final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1… Continue Reading  

Ambassadorial Recall Signals Deepening Rifts Among Gulf Sheikhs


by Emile Nakhleh Yesterday’s public announcement by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain that they’re withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar signals a serious rift within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The seismic regional changes that have occurred… Continue Reading  

Ukraine vs. 1941 Yugoslavia: Choices & Consequences

by Wayne White Most historic parallels are far from perfect. Yet regarding what transpired in Ukraine leading up to the current crisis, an episode from World War II does seem instructive about the risks associated with shifting from accommodation to… Continue Reading  

Petrochemical Industry Key to Iran’s Economic Growth


by Leila Piran On February 25 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani travelled to the southern province of Hormozgan, situated on the shores of the Persian Gulf. In a speech he promised to allocate sufficient resources toward boosting the province’s petrochemical exports.… Continue Reading