Timelines Dominate Iran Nuclear Talks

by Derek Davison The three key timelines at the center of the negotiations between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program were the subject of a panel discussion at the Wilson Center today. Jon Wolfsthal of the Center for… Continue Reading  

Rise of Terror Groups Demands Hard Look at US Policy

by Derek Davison The resurgence of “Salafi-jihadist” terrorist groups is once again at the forefront of national security thinking in Washington. A report released this week by the RAND Corporation, “A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa’ida and Other… Continue Reading  

Leadership and Climate Change

by Jim Lobe While this blog is devoted to U.S. policy toward the Middle East, it should come as no surprise to regular readers that I regard climate change as likely to be the greatest challenge faced by the United… Continue Reading  

What does the Iran-IAEA Joint Statement Mean?

by Peter Jenkins Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a joint statement on May 21 to the effect that they had agreed on a further set of practical measures within the framework of their November 11, 2013… Continue Reading  

The “Rubik’s Cube” Challenges to a Final Iran Nuclear Deal

by Derek Davison As talks aimed at a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran continue, with principals from Iran and world powers meeting in Vienna this week, two recent analyses of the negotiations have compared the talks to a “Rubik’s Cube.”… Continue Reading