Boys Go to Baghdad, Real Men Go to Tehran

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by Shervin Malekzadeh The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was as much a domestic initiative as it was a foreign policy endeavor, as analysts such as Reza Marashi and Ariane Tabatabai have been saying. It’s a way for the… Continue Reading  

US Forces Albania to Take IS Fighters After Hosting MEK

Edi Rama at a NATO meeting (DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

by Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh “Albania will become a coordination center for fighters returning from ISIS to the Balkans,” announced Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during a joint press conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama during a conference against… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Future: Hybrid Nationalism?

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by Gareth Smyth In threatening Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was probably not thinking of the Mongol sieges of Iranian cities. Two days later, however, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei evoked Iranians’ sense of their… Continue Reading  

Mark Dubowitz: You’re On The Hook For Killing the Iran Deal

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by Ben Armbruster Just hours after Donald Trump announced this week that he would violate the Iran nuclear deal by refusing to waive sanctions on Iran, the most prominent voice that spent years campaigning against the agreement tried to distance… Continue Reading  

A Saudi-Iranian Dialogue on Regional Security

Prince Turki al Faisal and Ambassador Hossein Mousavian

by Turki al Faisal and Hossein Mousavian With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies… Continue Reading