Rouhani’s First Year

by Farideh Farhi Ten months into office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has proven adept at isolating his hard-line critics and maintaining the political alliance that brought him to power. Skepticism regarding his ability to deliver on his campaign promises of… Continue Reading  

Reaching a Compromise on Iran’s Enrichment Program

by Derek Davison Right now the buzz around Iran is related to Iraq, but the July 20 deadline to reach a final nuclear deal set by last year’s interim accord is fast approaching, and as of July 2 representatives from… Continue Reading  

An Alliance of Convenience with Iran? Baghdad as “Exhibit A”

by Ellie Geranmayeh The violence in Iraq has provoked serious considerations by the West as to whether cooperation with Iran is worth testing to secure regional stability. In the last decade, both sides have avoided expanding their dialogue beyond the nuclear… Continue Reading  

The US in the Middle East: Back to First Principles

by Robert E. Hunter What do we, the United States, need — as opposed to want — in the Middle East? It’s no secret that the region is in a mess. But as Hamlet could have said about US responsibilities:… Continue Reading  

Iraq: US-Maliki Face-off Backfires

by Wayne White Secretary of State John Kerry’s June 23 meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sent a risky symbolic message, albeit unintended: perhaps the US could work with Maliki after all. So it was no surprise today when… Continue Reading