Iran Poised for Another Raucous Election

by Farideh Farhi December 25 marked the last day of registration for the February 26 joint elections in Iran for the parliament and the Assembly of Experts. Like the deadline for the Assembly of Experts registration two days earlier, the… Continue Reading  

ISIS and the Take-Out Myth

by Paul R. Pillar The perceptions and the politics in the United States regarding the use of military force against the so-called Islamic State or ISIS are now clear and well-established. The issue has become a classic case of those… Continue Reading  

Playground Dares and the Labeling of Terrorism

by Paul R. Pillar One of the more inane memes in current rhetoric in the United States about terrorism is that President Obama supposedly isn’t recognizing terrorist threats for what they are because he does not utter a certain phrase… Continue Reading  

Who Will Fight the Islamic State?

by Peter Van Buren In the many strategies proposed to defeat the Islamic State (IS) by presidential candidates, policymakers, and media pundits alike across the American political spectrum, one common element stands out: someone else should really do it. The… Continue Reading  

Marco Rubio Is Winning the Neocon Primary

by Sina Toossi With pundits and columnists dissecting and critiquing every word uttered by GOP front-runners Ben Carson and Donald Trump, comparatively little attention has been paid to the positions and affiliations of a far more electable Republican presidential candidate:… Continue Reading