Trump’s Iran Policy Embodies Imperial Overstretch

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by Sina Toossi In his seminal 1988 book The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, renowned historian Paul Kennedy posits that dominant powers throughout history have succumbed to the same perennial affliction: imperial overstretch. Whether the British Empire or… Continue Reading  

Iran Deal: Will Europe Rise to the Occasion?

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by Eldar Mamedov  This week will see a flurry of activity in the European Union designed to save the nuclear deal with Iran, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). After President Donald Trump announced the U.S.… Continue Reading  

EU3 Maneuvering on Iran is Short-Sighted

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by Eldar Mamedov Addressing the US Congress this week, and the European Parliament a week earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned plea for multilateralism and a liberal world order. Yet his suggestion in Washington, after meeting the President… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Choice: Iran Deal Model or North Korean Bomb?

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by Seyed Hossein Mousavian After a White House meeting with U.S. military leaders on Thursday where he discussed the Iranian and North Korean nuclear issues, President Trump cryptically told the press that it was the “calm before the storm.” Trump… Continue Reading  

Europe: The Right Also Rises

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by John Feffer Germany got its very own electoral shock this week when the far right won 13 percent of the vote in country’s parliamentary elections. For the first time in more than half a century, the far right will… Continue Reading