Trump in Riyadh: More Style Than Substance     

by Thomas W. Lippman Any evaluation of President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia must deal with two separate questions: how did he perform, and what did accomplish? On the first, he did well. His meetings with the Saudis and leaders… Continue Reading  

Unpacking some Untruths about Iran

by Peter Jenkins On October 21, 2016 the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a substantive assessment of Iran’s foreign and defense policies. For the most part this research meets the high standards of accuracy and objectivity that we have come… Continue Reading  

Neocon: Forget about Paying Iran Back

by Ali Gharib There are so many reasons to be angry at Iran. To take just the latest example, the Revolutionary Guards this week arrested a retired Canadian-American professor visiting Tehran and held her incommunicado at the notorious Evin Prison. The recent… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Multi-Million-Dollar Saudi PR Machine

by Eli Clifton Public image isn’t something one can always control, but Saudi Arabia is spending millions of dollars on Washington lobbyists and PR firms to improve the Kingdom’s reputation in the West. The execution of Shiite leader Sheik Nimr… Continue Reading  

Reviving the Iran-North Korea Axis

by John Feffer When George W. Bush put Iraq, Iran, and North Korea into his infamous “axis of evil” speech in 2002, the three countries seemed to have little to do with one another— except that Washington didn’t like them… Continue Reading