Trump’s Choice of Bolton Satisfies His Biggest Donor


by Eli Clifton and Jim Lobe Last August, shortly after John Kelly replaced Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and Steve Bannon was fired as the president’s chief strategist, John Bolton complained that he could no longer get… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Insincere Nowruz Message


by John Limbert Reading President Trump’s Iranian New Year’s (Nowruz) statement reminded me of what our granddaughter used to say when her diaper was full: “Yuck.” It is a strange message. The reader is left asking, “What’s the purpose?” Similar… Continue Reading  

The Iran Deal is Dead, Long Live the Iran Deal


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj With the news that John Bolton will be Trump’s new national security advisor, the death of the Iran Deal is all but assured. Bolton has vocally advocated for war with Iran, which he sees not as an… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Middle East


by Richard Dalton President Trump has complained publicly that only cosmetic changes to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA also known more informally as the Iran nuclear deal) and some side agreements are being offered to him. As Mike… Continue Reading  

Does the Road to Korean Denuclearization Run through Tehran?


by Peter Jenkins The March 15 edition of the Wall Street Journal carried an op-ed by Mark Dubowitz and Richard Goldberg that seeks to make trouble for Iran by exploiting President Donald Trump’s decision to meet North Korea’s supreme leader… Continue Reading