Russian Realism in the Middle East

by Paul R. Pillar We should reflect on the meaning of Russia’s use of a base in Iran for staging airstrikes in Syria, and about what lessons we could learn from the Russians. The significance does not have to do… Continue Reading  

Is Romney Moving Left on Foreign Policy

As my story about the new Chicago Council on Global Affairs public-opinion survey notes, the neo-conservative and aggressive-nationalist coalition that dominated George W. Bush’s first term in office (and was responsible for the Iraq debacle) is pretty much rejected by… Continue Reading  

Stephen Walt: Saudi Arms Deal Might Be Counterproductive

Harvard International Relations Professor Stephen Walt offers his take on what the Saudi arms deal means for U.S.-Iran policy. While pundits have suggested that the deal might signify a shift in the Obama administration’s posture from preventing Tehran from acquiring… Continue Reading