Boys Go to Baghdad, Real Men Go to Tehran

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by Shervin Malekzadeh The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was as much a domestic initiative as it was a foreign policy endeavor, as analysts such as Reza Marashi and Ariane Tabatabai have been saying. It’s a way for the… Continue Reading  

Iran Deal: When The Tumult and the Shouting Dies

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by Robert E. Hunter Shakespeare said that “old men forget.” And so, it seems, do societies. Fifteen years ago, a US administration, from the president through his top aides, lied the nation into invading Iraq, and the region and the… Continue Reading  

After Syria Strike, Showdown Looms over Future of Iran Nuclear Deal

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by Shemuel Meir Western powers made good on their warning to the Assad regime on April 14, 2018, and attacked the production and storage sites of the chemical weapons in his possession. The coordinated, wide-ranging operation by the United States,… Continue Reading  

Congress Should Help Rein In Trump’s New Pro-war National Security Advisor

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by Stephen Pomper President Trump’s announcement that John Bolton would become his third national security advisor hit foreign policy circles like a minor earthquake last week. Bolton had long been rumoured to be waiting in the wings to take over… Continue Reading  

Buttering Up the Pentagon

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by Danny Sjursen Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats… Continue Reading