The Rise of the Hardliners

John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, Mike Pence (State Department)

by Bob Dreyfuss Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough… Continue Reading  

Why Tehran Is Talking about a Post-West World Order

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj (Wikimedia Commons)

by Deepika Saraswat The Iranian leadership has traditionally fended off popular anger against the country’s economic situation by pushing for self-reliance in both the economic and security domains. In 2012, at the height of crippling sanctions over Iran’s controversial nuclear… Continue Reading  

Zarif’s Resignation: What Next for Iran’s Policy?

Javad Zarif (Gabriel Petrescu via Shutterstock)

by Shireen T. Hunter   On February 25, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, announced his resignation via an Instagram  message. It is not yet clear whether President Hassan Rouhani will accept the resignation. But Zarif was not present in the… Continue Reading  

Pompeo: The Real Threat to U.S. National Security

Mike Pompeo (lev radin via Shutterstock)

by Lawrence Wilkerson I know something about U.S. secretaries of state lying to the American people and the international community. I assisted one of them to do so on February 5, 2003 before the United Nations Security Council. Yes, Colin Powell and… Continue Reading  

The Warsaw Conference and the Isolated Superpower

Mike Pence with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the Warsaw conference (State Department via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration tried to make this week’s Middle East conference in Warsaw what the administration had intended it to be all along: an Iran-bashing exercise that would get Europeans to join in more of the… Continue Reading