The Iran Deal is Dead, Long Live the Iran Deal


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj With the news that John Bolton will be Trump’s new national security advisor, the death of the Iran Deal is all but assured. Bolton has vocally advocated for war with Iran, which he sees not as an… Continue Reading  

Saudi Fragility and Why MbS Is No Ataturk


by Paul R. Pillar One of the more intriguing news reports about the rapid rise to power of the 32-year-old Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), concerns how he isolated his mother, placing her under house arrest for a… Continue Reading  

Avoiding Another Mistake in Lebanon


by Mitchell Plitnick No one has ever complained that the United States doesn’t pay enough attention to the Middle East. In recent years, however, one country that hasn’t gotten much attention in Washington is Lebanon. But on Tuesday, the Senate… Continue Reading  

Does the Road to De-Escalation in the Middle East Run through Baghdad?


by Eldar Mamedov When the neoconservative echo chamber in the US was selling the war in Iraq almost two decades ago, it promised that the “road to peace in the Middle East ran through Baghdad.” This notion, of course, was… Continue Reading  

Six Questions for The New York Times on America’s Wars


by Andrew Bacevich March 20, 2018 Dear Mr. Sulzberger: Congratulations on assuming the reins of this nation’s — and arguably, the world’s — most influential publication. It’s the family business, of course, so your appointment to succeed your father doesn’t exactly qualify… Continue Reading