Smart Targeting of ISIS

by Paul R. Pillar Eric Schmitt reports in the New York Times that the U.S. military is refraining from attacking some sites it knows are ISIS facilities, including at the group’s principal headquarters in Raqqa, Syria, to avoid the significant… Continue Reading  

Congress and Attempts to Kill the Iran Deal

by Paul R. Pillar* Those who want permanent pariahdom for Iran and thus oppose any agreement with the government in Tehran keep looking for ways to use the U.S. Congress to sabotage the deal that has been under negotiation in… Continue Reading  

What To Do After Peace Process Failure

by Paul Pillar* Now that Secretary of State Kerry’s attempt to breathe life into the diplomacy known as the Middle East peace process has been widely pronounced—even by those who appropriately salute his efforts—to be a failure, different quarters are… Continue Reading  

A Peril to the Iran Nuclear Deal

by Paul Pillar* There exists, right now, a problem with one side’s obligations not being fulfilled as provided for under the preliminary agreement, known as the Joint Plan of Action, that Iran reached with the United States and its negotiating partners… Continue Reading  

Chameleonic Opposition to an Iran Deal

by Paul Pillar via The National Interest In the long story of the evolving Iran nuclear issue, we naturally tend to focus on whatever is the chapter immediately before us. Right now that mainly involves the negotiation-subverting Kirk-Menendez sanctions bill,… Continue Reading