Iran Policy and Misusing the Fear of Terrorism

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by Paul R. Pillar The history of U.S. administrations manipulating the issue of terrorism for purposes unrelated to terrorism predates Donald Trump’s presidency. One reflection of this history is the official U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which has… Continue Reading  

Unhappy Iraq, Buffeted from Within and Without

Haidar al-Abadi (Shutterstock)

by Paul R. Pillar Syria is getting most of the attention these days as a Middle Eastern cockpit of competition among outside powers, with one of the latest moves being the Trump administration’s indefinite extension of the U.S. military presence… Continue Reading  

Camp David and Oslo, 40 and 25 Years On

The Nobel prize laureates for 1994: PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

by Paul R. Pillar This month marks anniversaries of two major agreements signed at the White House that appeared to be major steps toward a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace but never produced such a peace. On September 17, 1978, Israeli Prime… Continue Reading  

An Unending U.S. War in Syria

James Jeffrey (Hudson Institute via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar Amid a week of attention-grabbing drama about the dysfunction of Donald Trump’s presidency, it almost escaped notice that his administration is putting U.S. troops in harm’s way in a foreign war for a new purpose—a purpose… Continue Reading  

War Crimes In Yemen

Coalition airstrike in Sanaa, 2015 (Wikimedia Commons / Ibrahem Qasim)

by Paul R. Pillar The war in Yemen has been for some time one of the worst current man-made humanitarian disasters. Now comes a report, from the United Nations Human Rights Council and based on extensive investigations of a group… Continue Reading