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Rouhani’s Beautiful Victory: What Comes Next?

Published on May 29th, 2017 | by François Nicoullaud

by Francois Nicoullaud Hassan Rouhani has undoubtedly won a brilliant victory in the presidential election, with a tally exceeding 60% of the valid votes cast in its first and only round (the 57% figure usually cited ... Read More



Trump Is No Realist

Published on May 28th, 2017 | by Guest

by Paul R. Pillar In his speech in Riyadh, President Trump said his administration was adopting “Principled Realism”—capitalized in the official White House version of the speech, as if to make a statement that there is ... Read More



Mosul on My Mind

Published on May 26th, 2017 | by Tom Engelhardt

by Tom Engelhardt The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away — or so the Internet assures me.  Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I know next ... Read More

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Trump’s Apology Tour

Published on May 26th, 2017 | by John Feffer

by John Feffer Conservatives used to love to lambaste Barack Obama for traveling abroad and “apologizing” for U.S. conduct. Mitt Romney popularized the argument during one of the presidential debates in 2012. The “apology tour” became ... Read More



Sun Tzu vs. Donald Trump on the Middle East

Published on May 25th, 2017 | by Guest

by James Spencer “If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles,” wrote Sun Tzu, the fourth century BC Chinese general and military theorist in his seminal Art of ... Read More



Costs of the Clenched Fist

Published on May 25th, 2017 | by Guest

by Paul R. Pillar In his first inaugural address, one of President Barack Obama’s messages to America’s adversaries was that “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”  A few years ... Read More

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