The Art of No Deal

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by Gary Sick In the past few weeks, President Trump has given the world an instructive look at his negotiating style, as he lurches dangerously through the international china shop. I’m not talking here about his attempt to intimidate the… Continue Reading  

The Siege of Doha

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by Gary Sick There are several things that I find confounding about the current conflict within the GCC: First, as a member of the US policy team that first applied sanctions against Iran when our diplomats were being held hostage… Continue Reading  

Restraining Trump: The Prometheus Strategy

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by Gary Sick When Zeus was displeased with Prometheus, he chained him to a rock where an eagle feasted each day on his liver. Prometheus was immortal, so his liver regenerated each day. But even mortals, however immune they may… Continue Reading  

The Death of Rafsanjani in Iran

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by Gary Sick Based on my own observations over the years here are a few comments that seem worth adding to the flood of commentary. First, Rafsanjani was truly a pragmatist. He seemed to believe genuinely that Iran’s revolutionary system would… Continue Reading  

The Strange Bedfellows of U. S.–Iranian Animosity

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by Mansour Farhang A semi-irony of the 37-year-old animosity between Iran and the United States is the repeated convergence of short-term interests between hard-liners in the Iranian theocracy and right-wing political forces in America. The latest example is the dispute over… Continue Reading