Republican Presidental Hopefuls Troop to “Sheldon Primary”

by Jim Lobe Sheldon Adelson, the multi-billionaire casino mogul, is back in the political news with a front-page article in Wednesday’s Washington Post, a timely reminder of the degree to which top Republican candidates feel compelled to kiss his ring… Continue Reading  

Iran is at a crossroads

by Jasmin Ramsey The title of this post is a quote from Shaul Bakhash, a George Mason University professor who moderated a panel discussion, “Iran, the Next Five Years: Change or More of the Same?” at the Wilson Center today. “In… Continue Reading  

Increased Instability Predicted for Egypt

by Jim Lobe International human rights groups have strongly denounced Monday’s sentencing by an Egyptian court of 529 Islamists to death for a riot in which one policeman was killed. Egypt specialists here say the sentences, which are widely seen… Continue Reading  

Diplomatic Crimes and Punishments

by Henry Precht Imagine, if you can, the recent scene in the White House situation room in which senior [appointed] officials are debating how to respond to Russia’s take-over of Crimea. The experts on the media and Congress will speak… Continue Reading  

Containing Iran Helps Putin’s Russia

by Shireen T. Hunter Not long after the outbreak of the crisis over Ukraine and Crimea, many observers began asking the following question: what impact could renewed Russo-Western tensions have on the fate of the ongoing negotiations with Iran over… Continue Reading