The MEK and the Bankrupt U.S. Policy on Iran

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by Paul R. Pillar Among the many indicators of misdirection in the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran, one of the clearest is the fondness for the cult-cum-terrorist group known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). National Security Advisor John Bolton and… Continue Reading  

Post-Election Foreign Policy Trouble

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by Paul R. Pillar On the day after the U.S. midterm elections, European politicians and analysts are bracing for disruption from Donald Trump that will be even greater than what he has perpetrated so far. Their concerns are well-founded, for… Continue Reading  

America’s Nationalism

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by Paul R. Pillar At a recent campaign rally in Houston, Donald Trump broke a linguistic taboo by calling himself, loudly and proudly, a “nationalist.” Leaders of major American political parties generally have avoided applying that term to themselves, no… Continue Reading  

The Khashoggi Case and Tribalism Run Amok

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by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration’s handling of the Jamal Khashoggi affair and the domestic U.S. politics associated with it display an extreme form of tribalism on two levels. This type of tribalism involves drawing rigid lines according to… Continue Reading  

Trump Faces the Khashoggi Affair

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by Paul R. Pillar The disappearance and probable death of Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi regime is forcing itself onto Donald Trump’s decision plate in ways that not much else has during his presidency, which poses a… Continue Reading