Iran Human Rights: President Rouhani, Listen to Your Public


by Sussan Tahmasebi* While enjoying unprecedented successes in international relations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seems to be suffering a stalemate when it comes to building trust and cooperation between different factions in the Iranian state. As a result, he seems plagued… Continue Reading  

Meet the New Boss: The Resurgence of Mideast Authoritarianism


by Derek Davison Over the next few months, citizens in several Middle Eastern countries will take to the polls in a series of elections that will have a good deal to say about the direction the region’s politics will take.… Continue Reading  

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer’s Mysterious Seder


by Marsha B. Cohen Barak Ravid of Haaretz has been asking who attended Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer’s seder (the festive meal eaten by Jews on the first two nights of Passover) at his Washington residence. (The last time I wrote about Dermer, he was breaking with diplomatic… Continue Reading  

Sinai: Egyptian Maneuvering and Risky US Choices


by Wayne White Last week, Jasmin Ramsey pointed out how problematic the recent US decision to deliver attack helicopters to Egypt is in terms of US human rights policy. The move also portrays the US as actively taking sides in… Continue Reading  

Obama’s Half-Pivot to Asia


by John Feffer* President Barack Obama’s recent tour of Asia was an opportunity to reenergise his foreign policy after a series of setbacks in the global arena. The four countries on the week-long tour — Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and… Continue Reading