ISIS 3.0: The More Virulent Threat

by Richard Sindelar The Islamic State hasn’t been defeated. The most horrendous of terror organizations is not going anywhere, not for quite a while. The much-trumpeted fall of the Islamic State’s last town, Baghuz, in Syria is irrelevant in terms… Continue Reading  

Good Iraqi-Iranian Relations Are Not a Reason to Worry

by Paul R. Pillar Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been visiting Iraq this week—a friendly, extended visit that has yielded several bilateral agreements on trade and transportation. Such an event causes heartburn, of course, within the Trump administration and for… Continue Reading  

What Did Rouhani Really Get From His Iraq Visit?

by Shireen T. Hunter         In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to Iraq has been hailed as a great victory. In particular, Iranian officials and media have portrayed the visit as demonstrating the inability of the United States as… Continue Reading  

Rouhani’s Iraq Visit Undercuts U.S. Iran Policy

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi This week, President Hassan Rouhani’s three-day Iraqi visit marks an important turning point in Iran-Iraq relations. Rouhani aims to boost bilateral ties and, simultaneously, circumvent suffocating U.S. sanctions. This much-anticipated visit, Rouhani’s first as Iran’s president,… Continue Reading  

Walter Jones Will Be Missed

by Paul R. Pillar Representative Walter Jones, a Republican representing North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. His death will not get as much attention as the recent passing of former representative John Dingell, Jr., who… Continue Reading