Trump’s Doomed Quest for a Middle East Strategic Alliance

Mike Pompeo with the UAE's  Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (State Department via Flickr)

by Daniel Brumberg American efforts to foster Middle East alliances have long run into roadblocks, not least of which is the clashing interests of the region’s key states. The animating logic of any alliance is that states will subordinate their… Continue Reading  

Pompeo, Bolton, and Iran’s “Fake Opposition”

Masih Alinejad meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

by Muhammad Sahimi As Iranian people struggle for democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law, as well as preserving the national security and territorial integrity of their country, two main groups have emerged among the opposition… Continue Reading  

Iran at Crossroads on 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

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by Farhang Jahanpour On February 11, 2019, the Islamic Republic of Iran marks the fortieth anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. In his latest speech at a conference of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), for which he received huge… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Middle East Policy Is All About His Base

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by Seth Binder Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was expected to outline the Trump administration’s grand strategy for the Middle East in his speech at the American University of Cairo earlier this month, but he did not even lay out… Continue Reading  

War Against Iran Becoming Ever More Likely

Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, and John Bolton (State Department via Wikimedia Commons)

by Jim Lobe and Ben Armbruster Donald Trump’s domestic troubles, combined with the current makeup of his foreign policy team, provide a confluence of circumstances, perhaps a perfect storm, to pull the United States into a war with Iran. Indeed,… Continue Reading