Terrorism in Colorado and Paris

by Paul R. Pillar The lethal armed attack by a troublesome drifter against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs brings to mind two insufficiently recognized patterns about political violence and specifically terrorism, and how such violence tends to get… Continue Reading  

The Secret to Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

by Rebecca Gordon This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy… in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” The Quartet is a group of… Continue Reading  

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are?

by John Feffer Nixon lied. Surely this is not a shocker. But what’s interesting about the latest revelation concerning Nixon and Vietnam is that the most duplicitous president in U.S. history actually knew that the U.S. air war in Southeast… Continue Reading  

Bait-and-Switch Sanctioning of Iran

by Paul R. Pillar The idea of Iran as a regional marauder that is gobbling up other countries in the Middle East and against which pressure must therefore be unrelenting has become one of the favorite themes of those determined… Continue Reading  

What if, even without US sanctions, Iran is geo-politically in decline?

That’s the question posed by Juan Cole, a Middle East expert and professor at the University Michigan, on his well-read blog yesterday. Just consider current regional dynamics: If al-Assad falls in Syria and is replaced by a Sunni government of revolutionaries,… Continue Reading