Dragging U.S. Intelligence into the Anti-Iranian Mud

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by Paul R. Pillar The most widely remembered episode of a U.S. administration using an intelligence-based public presentation to stir up hostility toward a country with which it was intent on picking a fight was Secretary of State Colin Powell’s… Continue Reading  

Nikki Haley Is Not Good At Foreign Policy 

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By Reza Marashi Nikki Haley is not good at foreign policy. With few discernible achievements to speak of after one year as America’s envoy to the UN, her most noteworthy moments have been two incoherent diatribes on Iran. The first–an airing… Continue Reading  

Jerusalem: A High Price for an Unnecessary Move

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by Rana Allam As the lights in the building of the Arab League in Cairo remain off, the streets of many Arab cities are alight with protests. In Cairo as in Palestine, security forces used force to disperse protesters, and… Continue Reading  

Time to Take Trump at His Word on Israel-Palestine

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by Lara Friedman Since well before Election Day, Donald Trump and his key advisors made clear that a Trump administration would blow-up longstanding U.S. policy on Israel-Palestine. Whether talking about moving the U.S. embassy, renouncing any commitment to the two-state… Continue Reading  

Trump-Tillerson Rift on North Korea

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by Donald Kirk U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may be on his way out after displeasing President Trump with his repeated calls for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean crisis. Tillerson’s desire to avoid the threat of a… Continue Reading