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’s War

by Paul R. Pillar National Security Advisor John Bolton, aided by his comrade-in-arms Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is doing everything possible to instigate a war with Iran. Naked aggression as a means of starting such a war may be… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Demolition of Arms Control

by Paul R. Pillar The damage to U.S. security interests that is likely to linger well beyond the term of Donald Trump includes major setbacks to arms control. Several characteristics of the current administration’s way of operating contribute to this… Continue Reading  

Foreign Lessons on How to Run an Election

by Paul R. Pillar Although most attention has focused, understandably and appropriately, on what Robert Mueller’s report says about conduct in the White House, it would be a mistake to overlook the report’s detailed account of a foreign government’s multifaceted… Continue Reading  

The Corruption of the Terrorist Group List

by Paul R. Pillar The ineffectiveness and many of the costs of the Trump administration’s latest move in its anti-Iran campaign—its designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO)—are readily apparent and have been… Continue Reading