Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: How Revolutionary?


by Henry Johnson Ayatollah Khomeini once declared that if it weren’t for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), there would be no revolutionary Iran. In many ways, he was right. From its humble roots among disorganized militias fighting the Shah,… Continue Reading  

Can Trump Deliver a New Syria Policy?


by Henry Johnson In no question of foreign policy has Donald Trump distinguished himself as more of a realist than Syria. During his debates with Hillary Clinton, the two clashed vociferously over what to do there, with Clinton in support… Continue Reading  

Trump: Encourage Saudi-Iranian Dialogue to Stop War in Middle East


by Henry Johnson As Donald Trump prepares to take office as U.S. president, he’ll inherit a set of conflicts in the Middle East more intractable and destructive than at any other point in recent history. The very territorial integrity of… Continue Reading  

Mecca Stampede: Behind Iran’s Reaction


by Henry Johnson The stampede in Mecca has opened the door to criticism of the Saudi monarchy and its management of a religious holiday that brings some two million Muslims to the holy city each year. Unsurprisingly, the loudest critiques… Continue Reading  

Phased End of Iranian Arms Embargo Is US Victory

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by Henry Johnson The benefits that Iran will accrue by complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have set off alarm bells in Washington. Opponents have misrepresented the deal’s lifting of an international arms embargo as a major… Continue Reading