Killing the Iran Nuclear Agreement with a Thousand Cuts

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by Paul R. Pillar Don’t be either fooled or relieved by President Trump’s waiving, for now, of nuclear sanctions on Iran, and thus his forgoing of an explicit withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. Trump still is determined to destroy… Continue Reading  

Ceding Diplomatic Leadership to Russia

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by Paul R. Pillar Late this month Russia will host and broker a new round of Syrian peace talks in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi. The Sochi talks will be an extension of talks that had earlier taken… Continue Reading  

Postures and Gestures Rather than Results

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by Paul R. Pillar Last week an op-ed appeared in The New York Times under the byline of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with the title “I Am Proud of Our Diplomacy.” The piece did not seem to get much… Continue Reading  

Rhetoric, Epistemology, and the Iranian Protests

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by Paul R. Pillar With any country that, like Iran, has been the subject of acrimonious debate in Washington, pronouncements by American observers about events in that country have more to do with politics here than with what is going… Continue Reading  

Drugs versus Nukes

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by Paul R. Pillar Those wishing to kill the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that restricts Iran’s nuclear program, have never given up. The agreement’s ever-lengthening successful record, now more than two years old, of keeping closed… Continue Reading