The Risks of Maximizing Pressure on Iran

by Ali Vaez The U.S. decision on 22 April to end sanctions exemptions for Iran’s remaining oil customers, following on an earlier designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), significantly escalates the Trump administration’s… Continue Reading  

Iraq Proposes “Pay-To-Prosecute” for IS Foreign Fighters

by Joe Stork Somewhere between 800 and 900 Islamic State (ISIS or IS) fighters captured in Syria are reportedly neither Syrian nor Iraqi, and the question of what to do with them has become something of a political football. The… Continue Reading  

Resolving the North Korea Crisis Through the Iran Deal

by Seyed Hossein Mousavian The second U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam failed to reach a nuclear deal despite hopes of a face-saving outcome. Still possible is an escalation of the crisis, which would have a disastrous outcome. On March 29,… Continue Reading  

ISIS 3.0: The More Virulent Threat

by Richard Sindelar The Islamic State hasn’t been defeated. The most horrendous of terror organizations is not going anywhere, not for quite a while. The much-trumpeted fall of the Islamic State’s last town, Baghuz, in Syria is irrelevant in terms… Continue Reading  

The Forever Wars Go On Without Me

by Danny Sjursen I’m one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for… Continue Reading