Pompeo on Iran: Making Matters Worse

Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump (Department of State via Flickr)

by Robert E. Hunter By withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Trump struck a blow that may yet prove fatal to the most important strategic achievement in the Middle East since the… Continue Reading  

US and Russia Compete to Privatize Syrian War

Russian private military contractors in Syria

by David Isenberg Periodic media attention has focused on private military security companies in the past couple of years. Erik Prince has occasionally popped up from his underground warren to pitch his latest self-serving scheme to enrich himself. For instance,… Continue Reading  

Beyond Hegemony and a Liberal International Order

Tattered flags (Megan Kester)

by Gordon Adams America’s place in the world is experiencing an historic turning point. All the mumbo-jumbo about being the “exceptional” and “indispensable” nation, the natural “leader” of something called the “West,” the guarantor of some kind of international system… Continue Reading  

Putin and Netanyahu: Converging Interests?

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by Mark N. Katz In the wake of President Trump’s announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear accord and the direct clashes between Israeli and Iranian forces in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to Moscow to… Continue Reading  

How Iran Should Respond to Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

Hassan Rouhani

by Shireen T. Hunter The day that everyone was dreading arrived yesterday when President Trump announced that the United States will no longer adhere to the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). Before and after his… Continue Reading