Why Promote a Lying CIA Director?

Mike Pompeo (Wikimedia Commons)

by Ben Armbruster It’s rare that a proponent of military confrontation who is openly hostile to a different religious belief, dismissive of climate science, seemingly supportive of torture, and unsympathetic to women’s and LGBTQ rights would be nominated to become… Continue Reading  

The Bolton-Pompeo Package

John Bolton (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar This week John Bolton assumes the job of national security advisor. Given that a key function of that position is to ensure that the bureaucracy provides the relevant options and most accurate information to the president… Continue Reading  

Iran Struggles with Potentially Explosive Environmental Crisis

Drought in Iran

by James M. Dorsey Iranian leaders are struggling, three months after anti-government protests swept the Islamic republic, to ensure that environmental issues that helped sparked a popular uprising in Syria in 2011 leading to a brutal civil war don’t threaten… Continue Reading  

Syria and Donald Trump’s Impulses

Operation Inherent Resolve against the Islamic State (U.S. Marines)

by Paul R. Pillar Impending decisions about U.S. troops in Syria will be the next significant outcome of the continuing tussle, between a president’s urges and his appointees, that constitutes Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Given Trump’s limited attention span and… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Range of Options 

Javad Zarif and Hassan Rouhani (Wikimedia Commons)

by Nader Entessar and Kaveh L. Afrasiabi As the clock ticks closer to Trump’s Iran decision in mid-May, dark clouds are thickening over the Iran deal as a result of the recent White House reshuffling of replacing relative Iran doves… Continue Reading