A Flawed American Sanctions Policy on Iran

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by Daniel Brumberg The Trump Administration’s decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran is animated by a deeply flawed grasp of Iranian politics and an incoherent strategy, one that will not be realized by dreams of regime change in the country.… Continue Reading  

Pompeo and Iran: A Bizarre Mentality

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by John Limbert “The angry Mojahed lies in ambush in the alley, American, come out. Your blood will flow on the ground.” Thus sang the militants of the Iranian opposition group MEK (Mojahedin-e-Khalq) to a catchy Kurdish folk tune. Now… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Destabilization Is Not in U.S. Interest

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by Shahed Ghoreishi “I will never apologize for the United States—I don’t care what the facts are.” No, this is not President Trump. It’s August 2, 1988, and then-Vice President George H.W. Bush was giving his official take on events… Continue Reading  

The Most Important Hearings of the Young Century

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by Lawrence Wilkerson On MSNBC’s “All In” on March 13, I discussed how the removal of Rex Tillerson from the position of secretary of state was the final triumph of largely Republican efforts—but with complicit Democrats as well—to consolidate the… Continue Reading  

How to Wield Influence and Sell Weaponry in Washington

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by William Hartung Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Cold War relics, associated with outmoded practices like building fallout shelters and “duck and cover” drills. But give Donald… Continue Reading