Goodbye, INF Treaty. Hello, New Arms Race?

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by Robert E. Hunter This past week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will start the formal process of renouncing the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty concluded by the United States and the Soviet Union… 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  

European SPV Offers Lifeline to Iran and the JCPOA

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by Derek Davison Three European nations scrambling to salvage the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) announced on January 29 the formation of a new “special purpose vehicle” (SPV) to preserve their commercial ties with… Continue Reading  

Kuwait and the China-U.S. Geopolitical Rivalry

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by Theodore Karasik and Tristan Ober Countries worldwide are eyeing Kuwait’s economic diversification agenda, the New Kuwait, as a geopolitical investment opportunity. Most recently, German and Austrian ministers expressed their countries’ interests in being involved more deeply in the Arab… 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