Two Sides to Congressional Engagement on Yemen

U.S. Senator and SFRC member Ben Cardin (D-MD)

by Eric Eikenberry and Will Picard The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) held a hearing Tuesday morning on US policy in Yemen, the first such hearing in over a year. To help prepare committee members for today’s hearing, the Congressional Research… Continue Reading  

Congressional Research Service Expert and Gulf Lobbyist Headline MEK Event

Rajavi-Iran-MEK

by Eli Clifton By outward appearances, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the ex-terrorist Iranian opposition group hell-bent on regime change, appears to be losing their influence in the media. The group’s allegations about Iran’s nuclear program are met with increased skepticism… Continue Reading  

CRS: Iran unlikely to have ICBM by 2015, undeterred by sanctions

Ayatollah-Khamenei

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report on December 6 titled “Iran’s Ballistic Missile and Space Launch Programs,” which the Federation of American Scientists has posted. It casts doubt on a long-held view by the US Intelligence Community that Iran could… Continue Reading  

Despite concerns, State Department to maintain aid levels to Pakistan

By Paul Mutter McClatchy reports that even though the Obama Administration has not publicly reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to the Afghan War, a necessary announcement to justify both military and non-military aid to Islamabad, it has nonetheless waived the requirement to… Continue Reading  

Is an Israeli attack on Iran imminent?

In response to a recent flurry of media reports suggesting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is gearing up to strike Iran (some of which have been rounded up here by Laura Rozen), Harvard University’s Stephen Walt explains why he remains… Continue Reading