Will the Trump Administration Attack Iran?

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by William D. Hartung In a move that set off alarm bells among those concerned about the potential consequences of the harsh turn in U.S.-Iranian relations, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported last week that unnamed “senior officials” of the Australian government were… Continue Reading  

Trump, Iran, and the Mother of All Tales

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by Shervin Malekzadeh It was a lion’s tail that made Trump roar. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, in a televised speech this past Sunday, warned the US that it harmed its own interests by preventing Iran from exporting oil to the… Continue Reading  

Pompeo and Iran: A Bizarre Mentality

Mike Pompeo delivers speech at Reagan Library (State Department via Flickr)

by John Limbert “The angry Mojahed lies in ambush in the alley, American, come out. Your blood will flow on the ground.” Thus sang the militants of the Iranian opposition group MEK (Mojahedin-e-Khalq) to a catchy Kurdish folk tune. Now… Continue Reading  

The Ugly Destination of Trump’s Iran Policy

The MEK's Maryam Rajavi with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani

by Paul R. Pillar President Trump’s belligerent, all-caps tweet about Iran this past weekend is hardly a natural response to anything the Iranians have been saying or doing lately. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did make a speech on Sunday in… Continue Reading  

Pompeo, Religion, and Regime Change in Iran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In his brief stint as CIA director, Mike Pompeo brought God to Langley. At least that’s how it felt it to many in the intelligence community. According to Foreign Policy, Pompeo attended “weekly Bible studies held in… Continue Reading