American Exceptionalism and the Myth of Abandoned Victory

by Siamak Tundra Naficy A commonly held view, popular both in the United States and abroad, is that for the past 70 odd years, the U.S.—guided by its principles and values—has used its military force and economic strength to craft… Continue Reading  

To Make a Deal with Iran, Consider Culture, Not Cliche

by Siamak Tundra Naficy When U.S. economic sanctions, military threats, and outright demands fail to ensure political success with Iran, there may be a temptation to put down Schelling and Clausewitz and instead pick up Franz Boas. While an understanding… Continue Reading  

Iran vs. U.S.: To Overcome Conflict, Wage Diplomacy

by Siamak Tundra Naficy The Trump administration has again generated confusion about its foreign policy, this time regarding the motivations of an American president who would order a limited strike on Iran only to then purportedly change his mind 600… Continue Reading