Lessons from the Gulf of Tonkin Incident

by Paul R. Pillar Disturbing similarities between the run-up to the Iraq War of 2003 and the Trump administration’s bellicosity toward Iran keep accumulating. They include war-selling rhetoric seemingly derived from the same script. But in some respects, the more… Continue Reading  

Al-Qaeda: Still Deadly Threat in Yemen

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey As peace talks to end Yemen’s four-year-long war stall, al-Qaeda carried out a deadly attack the Hadramawt province on May 3 that killed several civilians, showing the faction still poses a threat in Yemen. Despite being contained… Continue Reading  

Iran: An Indispensable Ally in the War on Terrorism

by Seyed Hossein Mousavian and Reza Nasri After the United States cut its ties with Iran in 1979, American diplomats were instructed not to engage with any Iranian official in bilateral settings. They could just talk to their Iranian counterparts in… Continue Reading  

Clash of Civilizations 2.0

by Robert Wright According to some officials in Sri Lanka, last week’s bombing of hotels and churches by ISIS-affiliated jihadists came in retaliation for the mosque shooting in ChristChurch, New Zealand five weeks earlier. There are reasons to doubt this… Continue Reading  

The Path to War with Iran Is Paved with Sanctions

by Joseph Cirincione and Mary Kaszynski The Trump administration is laying siege to Iran. Taking pages from the Iraq War playbook, senior officials paint a picture of a rogue, outlaw, terrorist regime bent on acquiring nuclear weapons and whose “malign… Continue Reading