Iran and the Middle East

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by Richard Dalton President Trump has complained publicly that only cosmetic changes to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA also known more informally as the Iran nuclear deal) and some side agreements are being offered to him. As Mike… Continue Reading  

No Diplomacy for South Korea

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by John Feffer The United States has not yet appointed an ambassador to South Korea. This shouldn’t necessarily be interpreted as an insult. A number of other important places still lack U.S. ambassadors: the European Union, Germany, Turkey. The Trump… Continue Reading  

Pence Goes Over the Water’s Edge

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by Paul R. Pillar As recently as a generation or two ago, the mainstream of American politics observed an important limit whereby domestic politics did not operate beyond the nation’s boundaries. This did not mean that there weren’t sharp differences… Continue Reading  

Who’s Messianic Now

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by Dorgham Abusalim Not long ago it seemed that the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority were eager to negotiate a peace deal. Secretary of State John Kerry’s leadership of this effort from July 2013 to April 2014 will likely never… Continue Reading  

Selling Trumpism to Skeptical Arabs

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by Emile Nakhleh Vice President Mike Pence’s recent visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel was a stark reminder of the diplomatic and public-relations dilemma facing President Trump’s policy and America’s standing in the region. Pence’s efforts to sell the president’s… Continue Reading