Taking the US Commission on International Religious Freedom from Bad to Worse

US Commission on International Religious Freedom (State Department)

by James J. Zogby The GOP’s appointment of prominent purveyors of anti-Muslim hatred to positions on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is both disturbing and instructive. It exposes the cynical and misguided approach Republicans have taken to… Continue Reading  

Religion Corrupting Policy—and Vice Versa

John Hagee delivers benediction at opening of US embassy in Jerusalem

 by Paul R. Pillar The most jarring takeaway from the ceremony redesignating a U.S. consulate building in Jerusalem as an embassy certainly was the juxtaposition of the self-congratulatory speechmaking with the killing on the same day. Forty miles away, Israeli… Continue Reading  

The Syrian Timebomb is Ticking More Loudly

Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin

by Robert E. Hunter The conflict in Syria could soon take on dimensions that no one outside of that country really wants and with consequences that will have destructive effects far beyond the local issues at stake, notably intensifying US-Russian… Continue Reading  

Will the Real Pakistan Stand Up, Please?

Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui

by James M. Dorsey Two headlines this month beg the question US officials have been grappling with for more than a decade: Will the real Pakistan stand up, please? Pakistan’s The News reported that the government had designated Islamabad as… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Middle East

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by Richard Dalton President Trump has complained publicly that only cosmetic changes to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA also known more informally as the Iran nuclear deal) and some side agreements are being offered to him. As Mike… Continue Reading