Iran’s Missile Test: A Provocation, Not a Violation

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by Mark Fitzpatrick Iran’s reported test of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) on December 1 gave its enemies further ammunition in their vitriolic campaign against the regime. But in exaggerating the offense, the Trump administration has undermined its case. US… Continue Reading  

Not So Fast, Bibi: Why New Sanctions Won’t Bring Down The Islamic Republic

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by Shemuel Meir President Trump’s recent declaration on the renewal of the oil and finance sanctions on Iran were greeted with great enthusiasm by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu thanked President Trump for the severe sanctions, which would impose… Continue Reading  

Iran: Does President Trump Have a Case?

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by Peter Jenkins The Iranian nuclear problem has been on my mind for the last 15 years, and I am a fan of the diplomatic solution that was found in July 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Continue Reading  

A Progressive Response to Saudi Crimes Begins, Not Ends, with Yemen

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by Mitchell Plitnick Donald Trump’s statements and actions are so blatantly awful, so thoroughly misguided and immoral, that he gets blasted from a spectrum of political commentators, from the far left all the way to Lindsey Graham (R-SC). But through… Continue Reading  

A Saudi Bomb

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by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration’s handling of nuclear negotiations with Saudi Arabia promises to lay bare some realities about security issues and nuclear programs in that part of the world that the administration has refused to acknowledge. A… Continue Reading