Yemen: Gateway to Iran-U.S. Dialogue?

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by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi President Trump has resorted to a policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran, which has created a zero-sum game bereft of common interests. Nevertheless, chances are that the complex and convoluted political realities of the Middle East… Continue Reading  

Planet of War

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by Danny Sjursen American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly… Continue Reading  

The Future of Iran-Pakistan Energy Relations

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by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Energy relations form one of the main pillars of Iranian-Pakistani relations. In 1990, increased domestic demand for natural gas led Pakistan to begin negotiations to export gas from Iran. India’s growing energy demand led to joint… Continue Reading  

The Pentagon Has Won the War that Matters

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by William Astore As America enters the 18th year of its war in Afghanistan and its 16th in Iraq, the war on terror continues in Yemen, Syria, and parts of Africa, including Libya, Niger, and Somalia. Meanwhile, the Trump administration threatens yet more war, this… Continue Reading  

Kandahar Assassinations Show Rising Taliban Strength in Afghanistan

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by International Crisis Group At least one gunman attacked a gathering of Afghan and U.S. officials inside the Kandahar governor’s compound on the afternoon of October 18. The shooter, believed to be one of the governor’s guards, killed the most powerful man in… Continue Reading