Freedom Rings Faintly from the U.S.

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by Paul R. Pillar The watchdog organization Freedom House recently released its latest annual report on the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world. The picture is mixed as always, with many reasons for pessimism along with… Continue Reading  

Warsaw and the Limits of the Anti-Iran Alliance

Mike Pomeo meets Federica Mogherini in Brussels (State Department via Flickr)

by Eldar Mamedov One of the key goals that the Trump administration pursued by organizing the Warsaw conference on the Middle East was to undermine the European Union (EU) as one of the remaining defenders of a multilateral, rules-based international… Continue Reading  

The Warsaw Conference and the Isolated Superpower

Mike Pence with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the Warsaw conference (State Department via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration tried to make this week’s Middle East conference in Warsaw what the administration had intended it to be all along: an Iran-bashing exercise that would get Europeans to join in more of the… Continue Reading  

The Wall

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by John Feffer Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else.

The United States and Iran Are in a Quantum War

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj It took just under an hour for staff at Israel’s Government Press Office to delete a tweet that suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had finally decided to wage war on Iran. The office replaced that tweet… Continue Reading