The Bolton-Pompeo Package

John Bolton (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar This week John Bolton assumes the job of national security advisor. Given that a key function of that position is to ensure that the bureaucracy provides the relevant options and most accurate information to the president… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Range of Options 

Javad Zarif and Hassan Rouhani (Wikimedia Commons)

by Nader Entessar and Kaveh L. Afrasiabi As the clock ticks closer to Trump’s Iran decision in mid-May, dark clouds are thickening over the Iran deal as a result of the recent White House reshuffling of replacing relative Iran doves… Continue Reading  

Iran Can Help Europe to Resolve Trump’s Nuclear Challenge

Federica Mogherini and Javad Zarif (U.S. State Department via Flickr).

by Peter Jenkins On March 5, after discussions with his French counterpart, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: EU should compel US to abide by JCPOA rather than trying to appease it by repeating its extraneous demands…US and EU should… Continue Reading  

Europe Should Strike Tough Pose with Trump on Iran Nuclear Deal

Federica Mogherini and Donald Trump (Euorpean External Action Service via Flickr)

by Ellie Geranmayeh France, the United Kingdom, and Germany (the ‘E3’) appear set to intensify ongoing talks with the US in an effort to convince Donald Trump to stick to the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has threatened to withdraw from the… Continue Reading  

Even Bill Kristol is Worried About Bolton

Bill Kristol (Wikimedia Commons)

by Jim Lobe Bill Kristol was not altogether pleased with with last week’s announcement of the appointment of John Bolton as Donald Trump’s next national security advisor. Indeed, Kristol, who remains probably the single most influential figure in the increasingly… Continue Reading