Military Force and the Fallacy of the Middle Way

by Paul R. Pillar There is a time-honored technique, familiar to veterans of policymaking in the U.S. Government, for ostensibly giving the boss a choice of options but in effect pre-cooking the decision.  That is to present three options, which… Continue Reading  

Resolution to Iran Nuclear Standoff Appears Possible but Requires Flexibility from both Sides

A new report from Iran’s hawkish Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) suggests the Iranians may be more open to achieving a peaceful resolution to the dispute over their controversial nuclear program than ever before. “With Obama’s reelection Tuesday, there is… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations from Oct. 15 – Oct. 21 EA WorldView: Scott Lucas points out that the only named source that we have to back up David Ignatius’s advancing of the claim that Gholam Shakuri “helped… Continue Reading