Good Iraqi-Iranian Relations Are Not a Reason to Worry

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by Paul R. Pillar Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been visiting Iraq this week—a friendly, extended visit that has yielded several bilateral agreements on trade and transportation. Such an event causes heartburn, of course, within the Trump administration and for… Continue Reading  

The Rise of the Hardliners

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by Bob Dreyfuss Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough… Continue Reading  

Iran, North Korea, and the Pitfalls of “Maximum Pressure”

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by James M. Dorsey Donald J. Trump’s hitherto failed “maximum pressure” approach to Iran, as well as for that matter North Korea, begs the question what the US president’s true objectives are and what options he is left with should… Continue Reading  

The Greatest Wall of All

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by Tom Engelhardt Call me crazy, if you want, but I think I see how to do it! We have two intractable issues, one intractable president, and an intractable world, but what if it weren’t so? What if those two… Continue Reading  

Are the MEK and Regime Change Finally Running Out of Road?

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by Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh The “regime change in Iran” bandwagon—driven by warmongers, fueled by false prophesy, and hurtling pell-mell down the road to Iran—contains various characters, some new and some old. The bandwagon itself is an ideological construct created… Continue Reading