What Makes Iran Look Like an Immediate Threat

by Paul R. Pillar The current crisis atmosphere in U.S.-Iranian relations, in which the risk of open warfare appears greater than it has been in years, is solely and unequivocally due to the policies and actions of the Trump administration.… Continue Reading  

Bolton in Wonderland

by John Feffer Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the press,… Continue Reading  

Pompeo Gets Cold-Shouldered on Iran in Brussels

by Eldar Mamedov Amid worrying signs of the United States escalating its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid an impromptu visit to Brussels on May 13. Taking advantage of an ordinary meeting of EU… Continue Reading  

Iran and the U.S.: Still Possible to Escape the Worst and Work for the Best

by Francois Nicoullaud The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)— could be an ill-advised, even absurd decision. Like it or not, however, it’s not a violation of international law. Let’s remember the care… Continue Reading  

Iran Debates Trump’s Invite

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi As expected, Trump’s offer of talks with Iran on May 8 has generated a lively debate in Iran. As of this writing, neither Supreme Leader Khamenei nor President Hassan Rouhani has made any public comments, perhaps… Continue Reading