Neoconservative Pundits: Arabs are obsessed with Israel; Arabs don’t care about Israel

Iran hawks and neoconservatives have had a tendency to pick one of two arguments on the issue of whether Israel plays a central role in Middle East politics. The first argument states that Israel is a central character in Arab… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for January 19: The Wall Street Journal: Johns Hopkins Professor and Hoover Institution fellow Fouad Ajami opines, “The Bush diplomacy had declared an open ideological assault against the Iranian theocracy. Mr. Obama would offer… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for October 27, 2010. Foreign Policy: Harvard International Relations Professor Stephen Walt blogs the revelations that Hamid Karzai receives money from Iran should come as no surprise. Far from being a “dastardly Iranian… Continue Reading  

Urging Caution on Iranian Machinations in Iraqi Politics

I have a short piece up at the excellent website Tehran Bureau, which is housed by PBS’s Frontline. I was a bit concerned when I opened up TB‘s daily round-up to find three articles promoting the view that Muqtada al-Sadr’s… Continue Reading  

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News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for October 6, 2010. Wall Street Journal:  John Hopkins professor Fouad Ajami defends the whole of the Iraq War and addresses concerns that the country is subject to undue Iranian influence. He acknowledges… Continue Reading