Unhappy Iraq, Buffeted from Within and Without

Haidar al-Abadi (Shutterstock)

by Paul R. Pillar Syria is getting most of the attention these days as a Middle Eastern cockpit of competition among outside powers, with one of the latest moves being the Trump administration’s indefinite extension of the U.S. military presence… Continue Reading  

Macron’s Extreme Centrism: Democratic Threat

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by Juliette Legendre French President Emmanuel Macron has been crusading to all corners of the world, receiving applause for his impassioned pleas on behalf of the postwar liberal order in the face of rising authoritarianism and nationalism. This spring, in his… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Balancing Act on Nuclear Deal: Wooing Trump Without Losing Iran

Federica Mogherini, the EU's point person on foreign policy

by Ellie Geranmayeh For much of Iran’s political elite, and its overwhelmingly young population, the nuclear deal is becoming a story of failure. This situation risks impacting on Tehran’s willingness to engage politically and to reach diplomatic compromises with Western… Continue Reading  

EU3 Maneuvering on Iran is Short-Sighted

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel

by Eldar Mamedov Addressing the US Congress this week, and the European Parliament a week earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned plea for multilateralism and a liberal world order. Yet his suggestion in Washington, after meeting the President… Continue Reading  

New Deals, Old Deals, and Non-Deals with Iran

Brian Hook

by Paul R. Pillar The discussions at the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron about devising, in Macron’s words, a “new deal with Iran” may be an instance of different governments using similar words to mean very different things.… Continue Reading