A Peace Plan for Syria—and for Kurds?


by Robert Olson James Dobbins, Philip Gordon, and Jeffery Martini, ranking members of Rand Corporation and former State Department officials, have authored another study advocating polices that the U.S. should pursue to obtain some kind of peace in Syria. Given the… Continue Reading  

Mutual Interests Could Aid U.S.-Iran Détente


by Jasmin Ramsey via IPS News In the wake of a renewed diplomatic push on the Iranian nuclear front, shared interests in Iran’s backyard could pave the way for Washington and Tehran to work toward overcoming decades of hostility. “I… Continue Reading  

RAND: Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran


The RAND Corporation has just released a report providing policy options for dealing with an Iran that is on the “nuclear threshold”. I haven’t read all of it yet, but following is a brief summary. I will add commentary and… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu: “Tyrants of Tehran” Only Understand Threat of Force

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments at this week’s Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, he endorsed the Obama administration’s sanctions regime against Iran. But he went on to employ a rather selective interpretation of recent history to… Continue Reading  

‘Bags of money’ from Iran to Karzai mean little

The media has been buzzing about the admission from both Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai and Iran that the latter passed the former bags of cash, apparently in euros. The allegations were first brought to light by New York Times correspondent… Continue Reading