Syria Policy: Signs of Coherence?


by Thomas Lippman For the United States, Saudi Arabia, other supporters of the rebels in Syria, and for the rebels themselves, this has been a month of fast-paced, intense diplomatic and political activity. It is tempting after so much time… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Ad Hoc Foreign Policy


by Thomas Lippman via IPS News If you are confused or baffled by Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy moves over the past month or so, you are hardly alone. It appears the Saudis themselves don’t know quite what to make of… Continue Reading  

Iranians Lukewarm on Rouhani, Oppose Syria Intervention: Poll


by Barbara Slavin A new poll following the election of Hassan Rouhani says that a majority of Iranians oppose Iran’s intervention in Syria and Iraq and believe that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons despite their government’s claims to the contrary. The… Continue Reading  

The Two Amigos and the Middle East

John McCain, Lindsey Graham

by Paul Pillar via The National Interest Lindsey Graham and John McCain, the two-thirds of the Three Amigos who are still in the U.S. Senate since the departure of Joe Lieberman, contributed to the opinion pages of the Washington Post this weekend a… Continue Reading  

Always and Everywhere


The New York Times and the Enduring “Threat” of Isolationism via Tom Dispatch by Andrew J. Bacevich The abiding defect of U.S. foreign policy? It’s isolationism, my friend. Purporting to steer clear of war, isolationism fosters it. Isolationism impedes the spread of democracy.… Continue Reading