Rare Glimpse into Inner Workings of American Empire in Middle East


by Edward Hunt In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, four former U.S. diplomats provided remarkably candid commentary on recent U.S. involvement in the Middle East, revealing a number of the most closely guarded secrets of U.S. diplomacy. The four… Continue Reading  

Four Underappreciated Dangers from Trump’s Iran Deal Decision


by Ryan Costello Trump’s Iran speech sets the Iran nuclear deal, which is working and supported by his own national security team, firmly in the crosshairs. If Congress does not pass deal-killing legislation, Trump has vowed to terminate the accord… Continue Reading  

The Islamic State and the Reality of Terrorism


by Paul R. Pillar The so-called Islamic State or ISIS is on the decline, and its “caliphate” on the ground in Iraq and Syria is shrinking to extinction.  In Syria, the group has lost about a quarter of the territory… Continue Reading  

Work with the Russians on Syria


by Paul R. Pillar There is no shortage of certitude in American commentary about what Russia is trying to do in Syria. For example, the Washington Post editorial page, unrelentingly hawkish on everything involving Syria, declares that “it has long been… Continue Reading  

Keeping US Troops in Iraq Wouldn’t Have Stopped the Rise of ISIS


by Jim Lobe Just a quick note to cite and link to an important analysis on the three-year-old debate, first raised by Charles Krauthammer, over “Who Lost Iraq.” The article, entitled “Behind the U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq,” was published this… Continue Reading