The JCPOA and Exiting the Iran Crisis

by Paul R. Pillar “No nuclear weapons,” declares President Trump, identifying that objective as his top priority regarding Iran. The contradiction with Trump’s own policy toward Iran is jarring. The starting point, and a continuing leitmotif, of that policy has… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Trade War Isn’t Really About China

by John Feffer By slapping tariffs on Chinese imports, Donald Trump has once again proven to be the Disrupter-in-Chief. This week alone, he’s brought John Bolton in as national security advisor over the objections of every sane person in the universe, threatened to go… Continue Reading  

Tribal Beliefs and American Political Parties

by Paul R. Pillar The Donald Trump phenomenon and the suddenly frantic efforts within the Republican Party to try to stop Trump have led some observers to believe American politics are at a major inflection point, one where a familiar… Continue Reading  

Defeating ISIS by Talking to It?

by Graham E. Fuller I can’t believe that I’ve been outflanked on the Progressive Left by Fareed Zakaria! Hints of negotiation with ISIS! I’ve got a lot of respect for Zakaria—he generally works within the outer limits of the establishment… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Zarif on Nuclear Talks: “There is a need for change”

by Jasmin Ramsey Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaking to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria during an interview in New York last week: ZAKARIA:  Tell me first, do you still continue to hold that optimism on the basis of the – the… Continue Reading