Poll: Three Quarters of Americans Support the Iran Deal

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by Derek Davison If Donald Trump succeeds in pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), he won’t just face opposition from Tehran or from America’s European allies: he’ll have to deal… Continue Reading  

No Happy Ending For Devastated Yemen

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by Thomas W. Lippman Somewhere there may be hopeful signs about the stalemated war in Yemen, some optimistic visions about the country’s future, but if so they were not discernible at a well-attended conference in Washington on March 31. Diplomats,… Continue Reading  

New Poll Highlights Need for Reform in the Middle East

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Iraq (Dec. 15, 2005) Ð A group of Iraqi citizens walk down a path showing their purple fingers, signifying that they voted in their countryÕs first parliamentary election. Iraqi citizens elected their first permanent parliamentary government, which will lead the new democracy for the next four years. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael J. O'Brien (RELEASED)

by Derek Davison A new public opinion survey undertaken in six Arab countries, Iran, and Turkey finds that people are more likely to blame “corrupt, repressive, and unrepresentative governments” and “religious figures and groups promoting extremist ideas and/or incorrect religious… Continue Reading  

Syrian Peace Talks Need to Focus on Governance

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by Derek Davison With a second round of international talks on finding an end to Syria’s civil war taking place in Vienna on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed his approach to the negotiations in an address to the… Continue Reading  

Decision to Delist MEK was Multi-faceted

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It is probably inaccurate to take the State Department to task in isolation as having made the decision to delist the Mujahadeen-e Khalq (MEK) from the US foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) list. State is the cabinet department that must officially announce… Continue Reading