For a Republican SecState

I’m pleased that President Obama is reportedly enlarging his list of possible candidates for senior national-security posts to Republicans, notably former Sen. Chuck Hagel, as reported by Josh Rogin, the Cable Guy, on yesterday. As has been pointed out by… Continue Reading

Continued US Support for Israeli Bombing of Gaza Bodes Ill for Obama’s Second Term

It’s a most unwelcome feeling of déjà vu which must settle over any observer of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the US role in it. An escalation is seen in the woefully asymmetric exchange of fire between Israel and the Gaza… Continue Reading

Does Iran have a Syria Strategy?

by Farideh Farhi Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi’s statement yesterday that the Islamic Republic is prepared to host talks between Bashar al-Assad’s government and the opposition should be regarded as an indication of Tehran’s inability to influence events in Syria.… Continue Reading

The Daily Talking Points

News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for September 16. Reuters: Louis Charbonneau reports on calls from the U.S., British and French envoys to the UN to expedite the formation a UN panel to monitor Iran’s compliance with sanctions. “We… Continue Reading