Trump: Out of the Graveyard and into the Pyre?

by John Feffer Afghanistan has long been touted as the “graveyard of empires.” The British and the Soviets certainly discovered that lesson to their great regret. Perhaps future historians will judge the failure of the United States to defeat the… Continue Reading  

The JCPOA and Exiting the Iran Crisis

by Paul R. Pillar “No nuclear weapons,” declares President Trump, identifying that objective as his top priority regarding Iran. The contradiction with Trump’s own policy toward Iran is jarring. The starting point, and a continuing leitmotif, of that policy has… Continue Reading  

American Public Opinion on Iran

by Eva Galanes-Rosenbaum Tensions between the United States and Iran have risen alarmingly fast in the last week. Many experts have been on tenterhooks, since President Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal with Iran (the Joint… Continue Reading  

 Iran Can Do Better than Counter Pressure with Pressure

by Peter Jenkins There is a flaw in the Iranian plan to use partial non-implementation of the 2015 nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA)—and maybe eventual withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)—to put pressure on… Continue Reading  

Iran Has No Good Options in Responding to American Pressures

by Shireen T. Hunter     With the failure of the latest mediation efforts between Iran and the United States by the prime minister of Japan, followed by attacks on two tankers in the Gulf  of Oman, Iran has decided to… Continue Reading