Iran and Israel: Intimate Enemies

by Mansour Farhang The enmity between Iran and Israel has become a given of political life in the Middle East. Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, condemned Israel as an “enemy of Islam” while his successor, Ayatollah Khamenei,… Continue Reading

The Middle East’s New Nakba

by John Feffer After midnight on August 15, 1947, India and Pakistan became separate countries. What should have been a joyous occasion — a celebration of independence from three centuries of British colonial rule — quickly turned into one of… Continue Reading

Iranian Academic Suggests Opening for Changing Iran’s Role in the Middle East

by Derek Davison The nature of Iran’s role in the Middle East has recently been a popular discussion topic among Washington policymakers as they considered the impact that reduced sanctions against Tehran might have on the region. As part of… Continue Reading

Is Saudi Arabia’s Assault on Yemen Just About Curtailing Iran’s influence?

by Gabriele vom Bruck According to Saudi foreign policy commentator Khalid al-Khalil, “having another Lebanon, another Hizbollah, is out of the question for us. We will not allow it happen no matter the cost.” He was referring to Yemen’s Ansar Allah,… Continue Reading