The ICJ Ruling: An Interim Victory For Iran and the World

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi On October 3, 2018, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered a stinging setback to the Trump administration’s bellicose policy toward Iran. The ICJ ordered the United States to respect humanitarian norms by suspending its sanctions… Continue Reading

Punishment No Fit for International Crisis Management

by Peter Jenkins Enthusiasm in some quarters for punishing Russia for its moves to recover the Crimea has been a feature of recent public debate. Similar references to “punishing Assad” were rife last August after Western governments published indications that… Continue Reading

Syria Spotlights Problematic International Law

by Mitchell Plitnick Russia is not staying silent as the US appears to be positioning itself for an attack on the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Defending its last key ally in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned… Continue Reading

Obama and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: It’s Time to Act

by Emile Nakhleh via IPS News As President Barack Obama travels to Israel and Palestine in the spring, Washington’s unconditional backing of Israel could soon begin to harm U.S. interests and security in Arab Muslim countries. Recent Pew and Gallup… Continue Reading