On the Destabilization of the Middle East

by Derek Davison One of America’s favorite talking points on Iran is its “destabilizing” role in the Middle East. There’s no question that Iran does things that contribute to regional instability. In particular, it frequently supports armed non-state actors that… Continue Reading  

Will Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal?

by Rajan Menon Stack up the op-eds and essays on the disasters that await the world once Donald Trump moves into the White House and you’ll have a long list of dismaying scenarios. One that makes the lineups of most… Continue Reading  

Egypt: What Is Done in the Name of Stability

by Rana Allam Five years ago, during the 18 days of the Egyptian revolution, the US administration was reluctant to take a position and side with the protesters who were calling for democracy and dignity. Egyptians, at the time, wondered… Continue Reading  

The U.S. Military Bombs in the Twenty-First Century

by Tom Engelhardt Here’s my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “indispensable” the… Continue Reading  

True, and False, Meanings of U.S. Leadership

by Paul R. Pillar A recent column by David Ignatius contains an important insight about how different countries perceive their roles in countering the extremist group known as ISIS. Ignatius observed a table-top war game at Israel’s Institute for National Security… Continue Reading