Say Goodbye to the Guardrails of Governance

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by John Feffer During a lifetime of make-believe, Donald Trump has never pretended to be a conventional politician. When he finally decided to make a serious bid for office, he built his presidential aspirations on the flimsiest of foundations: a wild conspiracy… Continue Reading  

Grievance Against Governance in Iran

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by Ali Reza Eshraghi Now that the wave of recent protests that swept across Iran is over, let us be humble. There was much disagreement about the causes of the protests, but let us admit we were united in amazement:… Continue Reading  

One Person, One Vote, One Time

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by Paul R. Pillar An old fear about Islamist political parties entering government is that once in power, even if they’d gained their position through democratic means, they would subvert democracy for the sake of maintaining power. The U.S. government… Continue Reading  

The CIA Reorganization and the Middle East

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by Emile Nakhleh As Director John Brennan proceeds with his unprecedented reorganization of the Central Intelligence Agency into 10 “mission centers,” sustaining deep expertise among analysts will be a key challenge facing the Agency’s senior leadership. An unintended consequence of… Continue Reading