A Tragedy of Errors: U.S. Incompetence in Israel-Palestine Talks, Part I


by Mitchell Plitnick On May 2 Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Yediot Ahoronot, published an article that blows the lid off the failure of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nahum Barnea, one of… Continue Reading  

Iran Nuclear Deal: Uphill on the Homestretch?


by François Nicoullaud To date, negotiators on both sides of the talks over Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which resume next week, have been remarkably discreet. Even at the political level, people have been unusually quiet. This is an excellent omen. In… Continue Reading  

The Two-State Option is Dead: Time for New Thinking


by Emile Nakhleh* The recent suspension of the U.S.-engineered Israeli-Palestinian talks signals a much deeper reality than the immediate factors that caused it. The peace process and the two-state solution, which for years were on life support, are now dead.… Continue Reading  

American Skateboarders in Iran


by Jasmin Ramsey Here’s a treat. The short film posted above is part of videographer Patrik Wallner’s skateboarding documentary, the Visualtraveling series, which features countries that people wouldn’t normally associate with skateboarding. In “The Persian Version,” an international group of professional skateboarders offer a truly unique… Continue Reading  

Bob Kagan Assails AIPAC, Israel on Egypt Policy


by Jim Lobe As some readers may recall, I wrote a long essay shortly after last July’s military coup d’etat against Egypt’s democratically elected Morsi government on differing attitudes within the neoconservative movement toward the coup and democracy itself. Given… Continue Reading