Mecca Stampede: Behind Iran’s Reaction

by Henry Johnson The stampede in Mecca has opened the door to criticism of the Saudi monarchy and its management of a religious holiday that brings some two million Muslims to the holy city each year. Unsurprisingly, the loudest critiques… Continue Reading  

Russia is Back. Get Used to it.

by Robert E. Hunter This coming Monday, President Barack Obama will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the UN General Assembly, their first meeting in 15 months. This will be no ordinary occasion, given Russian aggression in Ukraine, the… Continue Reading  

Who Wants to be a Global Policeman?

by Graham E. Fuller Washington has jealously guarded the role of global policeman for over half a century. But is the game still worth the candle?

Whatever Happened to the Iranian Parliament’s JCPOA’s Review?

by Farideh Farhi Earlier this week Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appointed Abbas Araghchi, the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs and chief nuclear negotiator, to oversee the implementation phase of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).… Continue Reading  

A Secret War in 135 Countries

by Nick Turse You can find them in dusty, sunbaked badlands, moist tropical forests, and the salty spray of third-world littorals. Standing in judgement, buffeted by the rotor wash of a helicopter or sweltering beneath the relentless desert sun, they instruct,… Continue Reading