What Is Russia’s Game in U.S.-Iran Standoff?

by Shireen T. Hunter      During his visit to Japan last month, President Donald Trump suggested some softening of American position regarding Iran and indicated that the United States welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s mediation between Tehran and Washington. Soon… Continue Reading  

Death to America? Or a Life Sentence?

by John Limbert An Iranian political cartoonist recently drew a demonstrator in the streets shouting, “Life imprisonment to America.” In other words, the July 14 nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1 (the JCPOA) has created a new reality and a… Continue Reading  

Can America Make New Friends But Keep the Old in the Middle East?

by Mark N. Katz It is absolutely clear by now that there is no unipolar world dominated by the United States. Although some in the U.S. hoped, and many elsewhere feared, that such a state of affairs would emerge after the… Continue Reading  

Reimagining the Middle East

by Emile Nakhleh Once Iran concludes a nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), the Middle East would be ripe for bold, creative, and courageous policy moves by the United States. Pursuing… Continue Reading  

Arab Democracies and the West

via IPS News Anti-Western protests across the Arab Islamic world denouncing the anti-Islam video, reportedly produced in the United States, is a serious test for the new democratic governments in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. It is time for… Continue Reading